Lumpy Skin Disease Training Course

An online course for the Southern African Region


Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) is an insect-borne disease of cattle with a strong history of origin and presence in Sub-Saharan Africa from where it is has been epidemiologically traced to have spread to other regions of the world. It is expected that LSD is endemic in all countries in Southern Africa due to the abundance of the vectors and climatic conditions that favor the vectors and viral transmission.

LSD is a disease of significant economic importance, accounting for considerable losses due to a combination of high morbidity and significant mortality in naïve populations, sharp loss in body condition, severe hide damage often with complete loss of value and heavy losses in the dairy industry from both a sharp drop in milk yield and secondary mastitis. The cost of control in the form of vaccination campaigns and treatment of secondary bacterial infection is also high. LSD affects regional and international trade in live animals.

In response to this regional threat, a LSD Training Course will be made available free of charge to veterinarians and veterinary paraprofessionals in the Southern Africa region who may register their interest to take part in a ten-hour, tutored online course that will run over four weeks in February and March 2021.

These activities are organized by EuFMD and the FAO Virtual Learning Centre for Southern Africa. The LSD Training Course was developed under a partnership between EuFMD, the FAO Regional Office for Europe and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut.

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Register your interest in the tutored online LSD Training Course


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A tutored online course, the LSD Training Course, will take place in February 2021, organized by the FAO Virtual Learning Centre for Southern Africa and the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease.

This course involves ten hours of training time, studied over a four week period. The course involves a mix of live webinars and self-directed online modules. Participants are supported in their studies by expert tutors who lead discussions in an online forum.

The LSD Training Course covers:
    • Clinical diagnosis;
    • Sampling and laboratory diagnosis;
    • Epidemiology and outbreak;
    • Surveillance;
    • Control and eradication.

To participate in this course you should be:
    • A veterinarian or a veterinary para-professional based in a country in the Southern Africa region;
    • Able to study effectively in English;
    • Available to study for ten hours over a four week period starting from the 3rd of February 2021.

Please apply to take the course by completing the form below. Note that places are limited. They will be allocated to ensure geographical representation, on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 29th of January 2021