In recent years, more parasitic diseases are being transmitted through food from animals to humans given the favourable conditions for their development and ease of spreading. Parasitic diseases not only cause damage to people’s health, possibly fatal, but consequent economic damage. It is important to conduct epidemiological studies to diagnose and propose suitable methods of prevention, treatment and care, in order to protect the community at large.
In Vietnam, the study of parasitic disease transmission from animals to humans has been conducted by international scientists with very positive results for the community. Over the past 15 years, international cooperation on this study has attracted the participation of many highly reputed scientists who have reported their findings in international journals. Many works started from studies in Vietnam. The Institute of Biology has developed and applied many new methods, especially the application of molecular biology in studying molecular biology in general and parasitic diseases transmitted from animals to humans in Vietnam.
To gather and court international cooperation, on June 25th, 2012, the Institute of Biology held an international workshop on newly appeared Animal to Human parasitic diseases: epidemics, diagnosis and prevention in Asia countries. Under the sponsorship of the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED), the workshop was presided over by Assoc.Prof. Le Thanh Hoa from the Institute of Biotechnology.
Ten scientific reports from reputed researchers in Thailand, Australia, Republic of Korea, Japan, the United States, Belgium and China were presented at the workshop. Vietnamese scientists also compiled two reports focusing on the incidence of parasitic diseases such as cestode worm, fluke worm transmitted via food and animals in the Mekong river delta, Japan, Vietnam and China; understanding of the biology related to lung fluke worms on humans; methods to diagnose fluke worms in humans, quickly diagnose clonorchiasis small liver fluke worms by serological responses and through DNA analysis; special attention to serology, diagnose and control of Taenia cestode worms in Asia and problems of parasitic diseases transmitted from animals to humans in China.
The workshop gave Vietnamese scientists the opportunity to discuss and share their experience from studying with international scientists, and expand cooperative relationships and research opportunities in the future.
Scientists made presentations at the workshop
Taking photo at the workshop
Translated by Tuyet Nhung