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Laboratory twinning to build capacity for rabies diagnosis
  1. Anthony R. Fooks1,
  2. Trevor W. Drew1 and
  3. Changchun Tu2
  1. 1Animal and Plant Health Agency – Weybridge, Woodham Lane, Surrey KT15 3NB, UK, e-mail: Tony.Fooks{at}
  2. 2Changchun Veterinary Research Institute (CVRI), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 666 Liuying West Road, Jingyue Economic Development Zone, Changchun 130062, People's Republic of China
  1. e-mail: Tony.Fooks{at}


In 2009, the UK's OIE Reference Laboratory for rabies, based at the APHA in Weybridge, was awarded a project to twin with the Changchun Veterinary Research Institute in the People's Republic of China to help the institute develop the skills and methods necessary to become an OIE Reference Laboratory itself. Here, Tony Fooks, Trevor Drew and Changchun Tu describe the OIE's twinning project and the success that has since been realised in China

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