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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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OIE and FAO moves toward the global eradication of PPR

Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) is a highly contagious viral disease affecting small ruminants, which can kill as many as 90 percent of the animals it infects within days, representing a threat for animal health and welfare, as well as for farming economics. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) started working together in 2011 toward the eradication of PPR and got to obtain the international community to agree, in 2015, on a global strategy for PPR eradication by 2030. On the 11-12 July, a two day strategy session on PPR eradication was held at FAO’s Rome headquarters, bringing together animal health experts, government representatives, livestock professionals and other stakeholders from around the world. Aim of the initiative, [...]

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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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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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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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‘Emerging Infectious Diseases of Animals: Strategies in Surveillance, Control and Eradication’ Workshop

The workshop ‘Emerging Infectious Diseases of Animals: Strategies in Surveillance, Control and Eradication’ will be held next September in Budapest (Hungary). Emerging infectious diseases challenge the health of domestic and wild animals and humans. Outbreaks of diseases in livestock have a significant impact on national economies, individual’s livelihood and quality of life, as well as on the global safety and security of food products. Although there is significant progress being made in developing new vaccines against a wide range of animal diseases, emerging infections and transboundary spread still pose specific challenges in terms of surveillance, control and eradication. The purpose of the workshop is to provide an update on the identification, tracking and control of emerging infectious diseases of animals. State-of-the-art lectures will discuss licensing procedures for novel [...]

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DairyCare WG1 & European Veterinary Immunology Group Joint Meeting

  The DairyCare EU COST and the European Veterinary Immunology Group (EVIG) will hold a Joint Meeting Dairy Care is a researcher network in Dairy Animal Health and Welfare, composed by 500 members from 31 participating COST countries, having the aim of improving dairy animal husbandry by combining biological, technological, engineering and social science expertise to optimise interactions between farmers and animals. The EVIG is the veterinary specialist group under the auspices of the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS); it is a platform for communication and exchange, enhancing European research in particular. The meeting topic will be “Periparturient Immune Function and the Acute Phase Response in Dairy Animals”, with particular focus on health and welfare issues and the role of veterinary immunology. The number of participants to [...]

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