International Workshop on Molecular Diagnosis of Equine Piroplasmosis

International Workshop on Molecular Diagnosis of Equine Piroplasmosis

29th November 2012, Hisar

Under OIE Twinning Project, National Research Centre on Equines (NRCE), Hisar has organized an International Workshop for the SAARC countries participants on Molecular Diagnosis of Equine Piroplasmosis from Nov. 29th to Dec. 8th, 2012. The participants each from Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, including seven participants from state animal husbandry department of Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat; DAHD&F (Quarantine Officers) and Turf Club Authority of India, are attending this Workshop.


Prof. I. Igarashi from NRCPD, Japan facilitated this International Workshop at NRCE as an OIE expert on Equine Piroplasmosis. Eventually development of these state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities and capabilities will pave the way for NRCE in applying to the OIE for Reference Laboratory on Equine Piroplasmosis.

The OIE‒ the World Organisation for Animal Health (Paris, France) initiated OIE Laboratory Twinning Programme with the aim to create opportunities for developing and in-transition countries to develop laboratory diagnostic methods based on the OIE Standards. Each Twinning project is a partnership between an OIE Reference Laboratory and a Candidate Laboratory.


FNRCE initiated the OIE-sponsored twinning project on - Equine Piroplasmosis with National Research Centre for Protozoan Diseases (NRCPD), Japan (2010-2013), Japan; Glanders with Loeffler Insitute (FLI), Germany (2012-2015) and Equine influenza withAnimal Health Trust(AHT), UK (2012-2015).OIE Laboratory Twinning Program on Equine Piroplasmosis is the first such project awarded by the OIE to the country.

Equine Piroplasmosis is an acute, sub-acute, or chronic tick-borne disease, caused by intra-erythrocytic protozoa: Theileriaequi or Babesiacaballi. The disease condition caused by T. equiis highly endemic in Indian equine population entailing heavy economic loses to equine owners and attribute restriction on international movement of horses.

(Source:NRCE, Hisar)