ICMR starts new initiative in northeast
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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on 4 August inaugurated the Foodborne Pathogen Survey Network (ICMR-FoodNet) in the northeastern States of India.
This latest initiative is part of the project launched by ICMR in 2020.
The Integrated Task Force Project coordinates various operations, monitors outbreaks of foodborne enteric disease, and conducts intensive systematic laboratory-based surveillance in four north-eastern Indian states in collaboration with research and medical institutions and the food sectors.
The project also includes assessment of disease burden, detection of specific pathogens responsible for outbreaks, and documentation of antimicrobial resistance patterns among intestinal bacteria.
Foodborne Pathogen Survey Network (ICMR-FoodNet)
FoodNet determines the incidence of laboratory-diagnosed infections for bacterial pathogens typically transmitted through food.
It provides a foundation for food safety policy and prevention efforts.
It estimates the number of foodborne illnesses, tracks the incidence of specific foodborne illnesses over time, and disseminates information.
Northeast India comprises seven states : Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.
The northeast is bordered by Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh with a total length of over 2000 km and is connected to the rest of India by a narrow 20 km wide corridor of land.
Northeast India is also known as the “Seven Sisters”.
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