In order to publicize animal disease prevention results in Taichung and the newest disease prevention policies, the Health Inspection Office called together animal disease prevention personnel from the city's district offices to the "2020 Taichung City Animal Disease Prevention Conference," which was held at the Wufeng District Office on November 10. This event allowed the face-to-face exchange of views concerning animal disease prevention issues, and enlisted joint support in protecting public health and the city's livestock and poultry industry.
Many major outbreaks of animal diseases have recently been reported, and a first case of lumpy skin disease of cattle has been reported in Taiwan. In order to strengthen the city's animal disease response capabilities, the Health Inspection Office invited Li Fan, head of the disease research section at the Animal Health Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, to teach the classes "Analysis of the lumpy skin disease case in Kinmen County and key control methods" and "Animal infectious disease monitoring and diagnostic techniques." These classes enhanced the infectious animal disease monitoring and diagnostic ability and disease prevention knowledge of the participating animal disease prevention personnel, and strengthened the city's animal disease prevention network, enabling it to better prevent major infectious diseases of animals from entering Taiwan from abroad.
At a time when overseas outbreaks of animal diseases pose a growing threat to Taiwan, only the close cooperation of industry, government, and academia can provide an effective defense. Apart from inviting an expert to transmit his professional knowledge, this conference also provided reports on various disease prevention efforts. The event also provided time for discussion of the two proposed topics "protecting against invasion by lumpy skin disease" and "how to state major abnormalities when filling out livestock health declarations," and a consensus was reached on these topics. The city's animal disease prevention personnel will continue to actively help livestock and poultry raisers to reinforce disease prevention measures on their farms and correctly fill out declaration information, which will ensure that preventive measures are even more effective and better protect the health of livestock.