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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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First autochthonous clinical cases of CCHF in south-western Europe

Crimean–Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a tick-borne viral disease caused by a virus belonging to the Bunyaviridae family. The virus circulates in a silent enzootic tick-vertebrate-tick cycle, but causes severe viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks in humans. The disease is endemic in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and in some Asian countries, but no autochthonous were reported in Western Europe until recently. On 31 August 2016 the autonomous Community of Madrid, Spain, reported two cases of infection with Crimean–Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus. The primary case is a 62-year-old man with potential exposure to CCHF virus in the countryside in the province of Ávila (Spain). The secondary case is a 50-year-old healthcare worker who attended the primary case during his ICU admission. These are the first autochthonous clinical [...]

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The European Medicines Agency calls for a reduction of colistin use in animals to control antibiotic resistance

A new mechanism of bacterial resistance to colistin (caused by the mcr-1 gene), was recently discovered and appears to have the potential to spread rapidly. Thus, the European Commission asked to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to deliver new advice on the use of the antibiotic colistin in animals. On the 27th of July, the EMA has published the update to its 2013 scientific advice on the use of colistin, following a public consultation. The recommendations say that colistin-containing medicines should only be used as a second line treatment in animals and that colistin is used only to treat clinical conditions for which there are no effective alternative treatments. Colistin sale should be minimised across all European Union (EU) Member States (the goal is to its sales by [...]

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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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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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Joint One Health-Eco Health International Congress

The 4th International One Health Congress and the 6th biennial Congress of the International Association for Ecology and Health will be joined to take place next December in Melbourne (Australia). This event will be the first one bringing together the global One Health and Eco-Health communities, representing a meeting opportunity for researchers, policy makers and practitioners who are working towards more integrated approaches and effective responses to complex global health challenges. More than 1,000 experts are expected to participate in the event, bringing diverse expertise from more than 60 countries. Main topics will include: climate change, food and water security and antimicrobial resistance, zoonoses, environmental sustainability, education, the benefits and impacts of One Health and EcoHealth approaches, and all forms of health – population and environmental health, ecosystem [...]

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One health goes RIZ – Symposium, 30th November 2016

the One Health goes RIZ Symposium will take place in Hannover at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Buenteweg Foundation, Lecture Hall, Department for Pathology. At the “One health goes RIZ” – Symposium you have the chance to meet and discuss with colleagues some specific subjects on the One Health-topic. main topics will include: emerging viruses in a one health approach, vaccines and vaccination, tuberculosis-causing new Mycobacteria, classical swine fever and related viruses, Poxviruses vaccines, vaccines in outbreaks scenarios. This event will underline the forward-facing research of the RIZ scientists,  who are now able to expand their work. you will have the opportunity to visit the labs in biosecurity S3, finally ready to take up work and, in addition, you will have the chance for a guided tour through [...]

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GEOVET Conference 2016 – Using GIS tools in a hyperconnected world

GEOVET is the interdisciplinary conference on spatial epidemiology, spatial statistics and the application of GIS to veterinary health. The event will take place in the city of Valdivia, Chile, next November (7-11th). GEOVET conferences are organised once every three years and represent one of the top scientific events for those interested in spatial disease patterns, risk factors and control methods. The conference will provide an international forum for researchers, policy-makers and agencies that use spatial epidemiological methods for presenting, reviewing and discussing methods and applications. The scope includes domestic animals (terrestrial and aquatic), wildlife and human populations. Main topics will include: Data management systems, Surveillance, Statistical and modelling approaches, Application of geographic information systems and remote sensing applications in veterinary science, Veterinary public health and zoonotic disease research [...]

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International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance

The 6th International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance (IMED 2016) will be held in Vienna, Austria from 4–7 November 2016. IMED events take place once every two years and focus on threats from infectious agents, bringing together leading scientists, clinicians and policy makers to present new knowledge and breakthroughs and discuss how to discover, detect, understand, prevent and respond to outbreaks of emerging pathogens. This summit unifies the approach to pathogens in the broadest ecological context, drawing together human and veterinary health specialists, and serving as a true One Health forum. The main issues that will be explored include: new approaches to vaccination and isolation, the uses of novel data sources and genomics, novel laboratory methods, rapid point-of-care diagnostics, risk communication, political and societal responses to outbreaks.

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