Through its Food Safety programme and Uzbekistan Country Office a four-day training session looked at foodborne diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
The training sessions, at the Research Institute of Epidemiology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Tashkent, established diagnostics for Campylobacter and testing for AMR in Salmonella and Campylobacter.
Currently, Campylobacter rates in poultry and frequency of campylobacteriosis are unknown.
Training was led by Dr Jaap Wagenaar and Dr Koen Verstappen, from Utrecht University in the Netherlands
It demonstrated preliminary success in isolating campylobacter from both human and poultry for the first time in Uzbekistan.
The training served as the initial component of a survey to provide insight on AMR in the foodborne pathogenic bacteria Salmonella and Campylobacter to humans and poultry in Uzbekistan.
This survey will help strengthen food safety capacity by launching surveillance and control of foodborne pathogens.