Nuclear technology used to stop spread of animal diseases

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Nuclear technologies are being adapted by the UN to diagnose animal and bird diseases. FAO File Photo/Tariq Tinazay

Nuclear technologies are being adapted by the UN to diagnose animal and bird diseases in hours rather than the days which conventional methods typically take.

Highly contagious infections can travel easily across borders and can lead to the death of livestock.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are working on ways to improve diagnostic capacity of countries to prevent the spread of disease.

The techniques are being used in the efforts to prevent outbreaks like

in West Africa and peste des petits ruminants or PPR in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Steve Thachet reports from Vienna.

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