“Brucella Free Villages” is what DBT Govt. of India to make every Indian village.

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The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Government of India has embarked on an ambitious scientific-cum-social program to make every Indian village a Brucella free village. Brucella causes Brucellosis – an infectious disease transmitted by ingesting contaminated food such as unpasteurized milk, other dairy products and by coming in contact with the contaminated animal secretions and tissues.

In humans, brucellosis can cause range of symptoms that are similar to the flu and may include fever, sweats, headache, back pain and physical weakness. Brucellosis disease is estimated to cause economic losses worth Indian rupee 2800 million.

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Government of India has embarked on an ambitious scientific-cum-social program to make every Indian village a Brucella free village. Brucella causes Brucellosis – an infectious disease transmitted by ingesting contaminated food such as unpasteurized milk, other dairy products and by coming in contact with the contaminated animal secretions and tissues. In humans, brucellosis can cause range of symptoms that are similar to the flu and may include fever, sweats, headache, back pain and physical weakness. Brucellosis disease is estimated to cause economic losses worth Indian rupee 2800 million.

Source: Dr SR Rao, DBT Network Project on Brucellosis

Hon’ble Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Mr Y.S. Chowdary announced a pilot program “Brucella Free Villages” to be introduced in 50 villages covering 10 States during the inauguration of 69th meeting of the International Society on Brucellosis and International Conference on Brucellosis 2016 held from 17-19 Nov 2016 at New Delhi. The Brucellosis 2016 was organized jointly by the Department of Biotechnology in collaboration with Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) at New Delhi.

The State Minister of S&T Mr Chowdary along with State Minister of Agriculture Mr Sudarshan Bhagat and DBT Secretary Dr K. Vijayraghavan launched three new diagnostic kits and released a book “Animal Biotechnology – Vaccines and Diagnostic – Market and Investment Opportunities” authored by Dr G Dhinkar Raj, Dr SR Rao and Dr S Thilagar.

The DBT also released a comprehensive resource App “Brucella Free Village” during the international conference on Brucellosis 2016.

The International Brucellosis Conference 2016 hosted participants from 26 countries including USA, Belgium, Germany, Nigeria, Argentina, Spain, Turkey, Costa Rica, Norway, Nepal, Korea, Bangladesh, Armenia, Jordan, France, Iran, Mexico, Georgia, United Kingdom, Kenya, Thailand, Sudan, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Sri Lanka.

In the recent past, the Department of Biotechnology of Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India has initiated a Network Project on Brucellosis. The project aims at studying the epidemiological status of Brucella infections in India and to develop novel diagnostics and vaccines.

Objectives of DBT’s Network Project on Brucellosis are;peerscientist_t-shirt

  • Epidemiology of Brucella species and biotypes across the country.
  • Creation of a National Repository of Brucella strains
  • Whole -genome sequencing and annotations of Brucella strains
  • Creation of a Genome Repository of Brucella strains
  • Development of affordable diagnostics for Brucellosis.
  • Novel vaccine design, trial and validation for Brucellosis

DBT’s Network Project on Brucellosis is led by Dr S.R.Rao Advisor, Department of Biotechnology and Dr H. Rahman DDG ICAR through an active and seamless partnership between DBT of MOST and ICAR of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (MOA&FW) Government of India.

More information about the DBT Network Project on Brucellosis at http://www.dbtbrucellosis.in/ or contact Dr SR Rao, Adviser DBT at srrao.dbt@nic.in and Bhagirath Choudhary of the South Asia Biotechnology Centre at bhagirath@sabc.asia

The South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC) is a not-for-profit scientific organization that aims at serving as a knowledge hub and helps in bridging the knowledge gap between science and society about biotechnology and its vitally important contribution to food, feed and fibre security, and growth prospects for the bioeconomy of India. The objectives of SABC are two folds; share credible information on biotechnology with the society to improve public understanding, and to facilitate the transfer of biotechnology applications from the lab to land. More at: www.sabc.asia.

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