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Reinforcing control efforts amid outbreak of avian influenza in China

A resurgent outbreak of a new strain of avian influenza that can be lethal for humans stresses the need for robust and rapid detection and response systems at animal source, to reduce the risk associated with virus spread and impacts on public health, according to Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organisation for Animal Health. Human cases of the H7N9 virus, first detected in China four years ago, have suddenly increased since December 2016. As of early March 2017, there have been more reported human cases of influenza A (H7N9) than those caused by other types of avian influenza viruses (H5N1, H5N6, etc.) combined. Most of the patients infected reported a history of visiting live bird markets or coming into contact with infected birds. Since 2013, China [...]

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Annual Joint Programming Conference 2016

The report of the ERA-LEARN 2020 Annual Joint Programming Conference 2016 is now available  here.  The CWG AHW, EMIDA and ANIHWA were represented on an expert panel where impacts of the projects funded under these initiatives was discussed.

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Urgent advise on Lumpy Skin Disease

Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a viral disease of cattle caused by a capripoxvirus (as sheep and goat pox viruses); it is characterised by fever, nodules on the skin, and it may lead to severe losses, especially in naive animals. Originally affecting cattle across Africa, the disease has spread outside the continent with outbreaks in Israel and Lebanon in 2012–2013 and currently (2013–2016) epizootics in Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Azerbaijan, Albania and the Russian Federation are reported. To control the current LSD epidemic in the European Union (EU), the competent authorities of the affected Member States (MS) are currently implementing a total stamping-out policy of the affected holdings (stamping out the whole herd after detection of an infected case) coupled with [...]

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New case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a wild deer in Norway

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy of cervids. The development of the disease is slow and affected cervids show loss of body condition and altered behaviour. Once clinical disease occurs, death is inevitable. The disease is present in North America, where it is endemic in some countries of the USA. On last April, the Norwegian Veterinary Institute diagnosed CWD in a free-ranging reindeer from South-Norway. This is the first case of the disease detected in Europe, as well as the first detection of natural infection in reindeer worldwide. After this case, three other cases were diagnosed, the last one at the end of August.

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UFAW Symposium ‘Measuring animal welfare and applying scientific advances – Why is it still so difficult?’

A new Symposium of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) was announced and will take place at the Royal Holloway, University of London (Surrey, UK) next July (27-29th). The UFAW, international animal welfare science society, is an independent UK registered scientific and educational animal welfare charity. The organisation brings together the animal welfare science community, educators, veterinary surgeons and all concerned about animal welfare worldwide in order to achieve advances in the well-being of farm, companion, laboratory and captive wild animals, and for those animals with which we interact in the wild. Animal welfare science is a relatively young field but it is developing rapidly. There seems to be a growing consensus that what matters to those animals that are presumed to experience feelings, and therefore what should [...]

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68th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP)

The main theme of the meeting is Patterns of Livestock Production in the Development of Bioeconomy. This event will provide an excellent opportunity for scientists working with a wide range of animal species and in related disciplines to meet and discuss the latest developments in animal sciences. The main topics, as specified in the preliminary programme,are: Dairy innovation in research and extension, innovation in cattle husbandry, better management for better economics in beef and dairy, economic weights and breeding goals in cattle, managing genetic diversity in cattle in the era of genomic selection (with Interbull), impact of the design of smart housing systems on climate, health, welfare and the individual variation between animals, genetic defects in cattle – identification, finding the mutation and managing it in breeding plans [...]

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Sixth ESWI Influenza Conference – Latvia RIGA – September 10-13, 2017

The European Scientific Working group on Influenza (ESWI) is organizing the sixth edition of its ESWI Influenza Conferences in Riga, Latvia, on 10 – 13 September 2017. ESWI Influenza Conferences are among the largest European scientific conferences entirely dedicated to influenza. The upcoming sixth edition will have the contribution of the most renowned influenza scientists. The conference will be structured in satellite symposiums and parallel sessions that cover the entire spectrum of influenza, epidemiology, pathogenesis, immunology, mathematical modelling,antiviral and resistance,animal flu ecology,genetics, vaccines, risk management and mitigation of epidemic and pandemic threats, policy and young scientists session. this event will also showcase successful collaborations in different fields. Different parties will approach the influenza issue from their specific perspectives and public health authorities will report on the influenza challenges [...]

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11th International Veterinary Behaviour Meeting Slovakia 2017

the deadline for abstracts has been extended until the 15th of March. The organizers are also looking for reviewers to help in the process. Those who are interested in helping with BM should contact Sagi Denenberg via secretarybm@ecawbm.org, and for AW contact Valarie Jonckheer-Sheehy on valeriejonckheersheehy@gmail.com.

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8th International Conference on Animal Health & Veterinary Medicine October 19-21, 2017 Toronto, Canada

The veterinary conference “8th International Conference on Animal Health and Veterinary Medicine” (Animal Health 2017) will be held from October 19-21, 2017 in Toronto, Canada on the theme “One Health, One Society”. the event will be structured in sessions on different topics, such as veterinary medicine, animal health, animal welfare, One Health, animals in research, animal diseases, animal biotechnology and more. for the submission of abstracts and other informations, please go to the Conference website http://animalhealth.conferenceseries.com/

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World Veterinary Vaccine Congress

The 2nd World Veterinary Vaccine Congress will take place next October in Barcelona (Spain). The main focus of the Congress will be on the scientific and technological innovation in livestock vaccines, emerging diseases, influenza, companion vaccines and bioprocess and manufacture. The event will represent an opportunity where the global vaccine industry meets to discuss commercial and scientific issues around new technology, regulation, manufacturing and vaccine development as well as respiratory, cancer and emerging diseases areas that link animal and human health together. More information on the event can be found at http://www.terrapinn.com/conference/world-veterinary-vaccine-congress/index.stm?_ga=1.76660053.1395196388.1468949183

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