Directorate Foor and Mouth Disease
Vision: To make India free from Foot and Mouth Disease.
Mission: Active epidemiological surveillance through regularly monitoring antigenicity and genomic make up of Foot and Mouth Disease virus strains responsible for disease outbreaks, to provide training in diagnosis and epidemiology, and to develop technologies for making country free from FMD.
Mandate: Active epidemiological surveillance through regularly monitoring antigenicity and genomic make up of the FMD virus strains responsible for disease outbreaks, and also to provide training in diagnosis and epidemiology.
Objectives: To conduct systematic epidemiological and molecular epidemiological studies on Foot- and- Mouth Disease (FMD), and also to study carrier status of the infection. Antigenic and molecular characterization and cataloguing of FMD virus strains isolated from outbreaks, and monitoring suitability of the vaccine strains in use along with maintenance of National Repository of FMD Virus. Production, standardization and supply of diagnostic reagents for FMD virus serotyping and post-vaccinal sero-conversion. Maintenance and supply of most appropriate vaccine strain to the FMD vaccine manufacturers. Development of newer diagnostic techniques using cutting-edge technologies in molecular biology. Analysis of economic impact of FMD on livestock industry To act as referral laboratory for FMD in South Asia.