Iran 70% self-sufficient in veterinary vaccines

TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) -- Iran is 70% self-sufficient in veterinary vaccines’ production, head of Iranian Veterinary Organization said here on Saturday.

Through the researchers’ efforts and the use of vaccines almost made in Iran, veterinary diseases have been eradicated from the country, Mojtaba Norouzi said.

There was a great fall in number of humans infected with brucellosis, rabies, and smallpox, as well as foot-and-mouth diseases throughout the country, Norouzi explained, referring to Iran’s success in receiving Bubonic Plague Eradication Certificate from OIE.

The need to fight animal diseases at global level led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) through the international Agreement signed on January 25th 1924. In May 2003 the Office became the World Organization for Animal Health but kept its historical acronym OIE.

Responsible for improving animal health worldwide, it is recognized as a reference organization by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and as of April 2009, had a total of 174 member states. The OIE maintains permanent relations with 36 other international and regional organizations and has regional and sub-regional offices on every continent.

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