Laboratory Diagnosis

Laboratory Requirements

Due to its highly contagious nature for animals and the economic importance of FMD, all laboratory work with live cultures or potentially infected/contaminated material must be performed at an appropriate containment level (see Chapter 1.1.4 of the WOAH Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals). Countries lacking access to appropriate containment facilities should send specimens to an WOAH FMD Reference Laboratory.

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