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DM Examines Farm Samples to Raise Biosecurity

by 5m Editor
25 April 2012, at 10:13am

UAE - As part of raising bio-security and safety from biological risks in the Emirate of Dubai, the Veterinary Services Section of Dubai Municipality (DM) has completed the examination of approximately 26,232 samples received during the first quarter of this year from various farms with an increase of 30 per cent comparing to last year.

According to The Gulf Today, Hashim Al Awadi, head of veterinary services, said the section works in line with the strategic plan and strategic objective of the Emirate of Dubai in order to raise the biosecurity and ensure the safety from biological risks arising from diseases that affect animals and birds as well as common diseases among humans and animals.

“These samples are distributed among different categories of laboratories and the tests included 86 enzymes, 374 parasites, 21,627 brucellosis in addition to other 174 tests,” he added. “The section also received 150 meat samples and 386 samples of tools, equipment, surfaces and floors, in addition to 180 inspections of employees and 1,758 samples of dairy, poultry and fresh eggs totalling to 2,474 inspections,” Hashim said.

“The section has four units for veterinary laboratory testing namely, microbiology laboratory, diagnosis laboratory, viruses laboratory and quality control laboratory,” he explained.

“The veterinary laboratory supports all possible means available to address the diseases and epidemics, to preserve the health of livestock and protect it from any potential risks as well as provide skilled technical staff with competencies in different areas of veterinarian analysis in addition to the mycotoxins examination in the feed of animals in order to preserve public health,” Mr Al Awadi concluded.