Dear Dr Thair
I note that Australia's AAHL has not been included in your list of contacted Labs. AAHL is
one of the most advanced in the world in term of providing world-class animal health diagnostic services. It is part of the Australian government
AAHL is one of the most sophisticated laboratories in the world for the safe handling and containment of animal diseases.I beleive Iraq has a very good relation with Australia and that Australia has a significant ro;e to play in developing the agriculture sector.
AAHL includes a high-biocontainment facility, to safely fulfil its major role of diagnosing emergency animal disease outbreaks. Samples are usually submitted by the State or Territory animal disease control authority.
Within the high biocontainment facility, AAHL contains modern animal facilities that can house a range of animal species up to physical containment level four (PC4), the highest level available.
The facility has seven national responsibilities:
diagnosis of emergency animal diseases, which includes index case confirmation, national emergency response capability and use of accredited and validated tests
research and development
supporting national surveillance activities to improve animal disease risk management strategies
providing technical advice and support to the Australian Federal Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and other stakeholders, both nationally and internationally
training and education in support of pre-border, border and post-border quarantine
providing technological support to national and international networks of veterinary laboratories, including quality assurance
providing expert biosafety and biosecurity advice.
Reference laboratory role
Scientists at AAHL help protect Australia's billion dollar livestock and aquaculture industries from exotic disease threats through testing thousands of samples every year, proving continuing freedom from diseases including foot and mouth disease, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies and avian influenza.
The laboratory is a world animal health organisation (Office Internationale des Epizooties - OIE) reference laboratory for:
CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) is a national facility whose major role is to diagnose emergency animal disease outbreaks.avian influenza
Hendra and Nipah virus diseases
epizootic haematopoietic necrosis virus (EHNV)
AAHL is also :
an OIE Collaborating Centre for New and Emerging Diseases
an OIE Collaborating Centre for Laboratory Capacity Building
a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Fast factsCSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) is a national facility whose major role is to diagnose emergency animal disease outbreaks
The facility combines a capacity to rapidly diagnose animal disease with high quality research
AAHL has produced new diagnostic tests, vaccines and treatments for both exotic and endemic animal diseases
AAHL is an accredited reference laboratory for a number of animal diseases including avian influenza, Hendra virus and Nipah virus
AAHL has world-class animal facilities at all levels of biosecurity, up to physical containment level 4 (PC4)
Biosecurity researchers worldwide will soon be able to use the high-biocontainment facilities at AAHL, provided their research benefits Australians
Phone: +61 3 9545 2176
Fax: +61 3 9545 2175
Locked Bag 10
Clayton South VIC 3169
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For any further assistance please let me know.
Dr Adil Al Haidari