The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has developed the 1st edition of the Color Atlas of Camel Surgical Affections recognized by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The first-of-its-kind in the world for one-humped dromedary camels, the atlas highlights diseases affecting camels in the UAE and the Arabian Peninsula.

The atlas was signed by H.E. Saeed Al Bahri Alameri, Director General of ADAFSA, and Dr. Monique Éloit, Director General of the OIE, during her recent visit with the accompanying delegation to the ADAFSA . The OIE will will undertake marketing the Atlas to its members platform.and make it available on its website.

In this regard, Mr. Rashid Al Rasas Al Mansoori, Executive Director of the Animal Wealth Sector, said that the Atlas of Camel Diseases represents the efforts and experiences gained during the years of work in the field of camel surgery at the ADAFSA Veterinary Hospital, as it contains surgery fundamentals to treat diseases affecting camels, along with several pictures for pathological conditions and surgical interventions.

"The atlas is a global certified reference for veterinary medicine students and young veterinarians for its valuable information on common and rare camel surgical affections," said Dr. Mohamed Nayef Talfah, a radiologist at Al Wathba Veterinary Hospital and one of the atlas authors.

Taking five years to be finalized, ADAFSA brought 20 years of experience in animal surgeries to the atlas. The surgical affections atlas features nearly 70 different diseases and some proposed surgical interventions such as uvula excision, intestinal obstruction, mandibular fractures, caesarean section, ovarian excision and others.

The atlas is made up of seven different chapters, each has explanatory pictures for several topics like ways to tie up, anesthetize and control camels in the field, which is key to perform a successful surgery. Furthermore, the atlas reviews diseases that require surgical intervention such as gastrointestinal, genital, musculoskeletal, skin, nasal, ear and eye disorders.

ADAFSA had signed an agreement with the OIE to establish a sub-regional representation office in Abu Dhabi. Under the agreement, ADAFSA provided annual financial and in-kind contributions to support the office's activities.