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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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Strengthening of regional prevention and control toward lumpy skin disease

Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is an infectious disease of cattle characterised by eruption nodules on the skin and other parts of the body and that produces a chronic debility in infected cattle, provoking serious economic losses. The disease is present in enzootic in many African and Middle East countries, but is actually spreading quickly in the Mediterranean region, and already reached several Eastern European countries (Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, FYROM, Serbia and Albania). On May 11-12th, a workshop was jointly organised by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Commission with the aim of strengthening the regional cooperation in south-eastern Europe and the Middle East for the prevention and control of LSD. More than 40 experts from across the European Union and beyond attended the workshop. The [...]

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The EU adopts the new ‘Animal Health Law’

A new Regulation on transmissible animal diseases (“Animal Health Law”) was adopted last March by the European Parliament and the Council. The Regulation was published in the Official Journal on 31 March 2016, entered into force on the 20th of April and will be applicable in 5 years. This new comprehensive new animal health law will support the EU livestock sector competitiveness and will make market of animals and of their products safer and easier, leading to growth and jobs in this important sector. In particular, the new norm provides for simpler and clearer rules, enabling a better focus on key priorities (i.e. preventing and eradicating diseases), supports an increase in the use of technology for animal health activities (e.g. pathogen surveillance and live animal traceability), helps in [...]

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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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‘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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International Veterinary Immunology Symposium 2016

The 11th International Veterinary Immunology Symposium, ‘Veterinary Immunology: Connecting animals, humans and the land’, will take place next August in Australia. Research in Veterinary Immunology is growing rapidly, with new developments and exciting research breakthroughs. This conference aims to bring together researchers in the field of Veterinary Immunology, uniting the areas of immunology and animal health, as well as the issues around clinical treatments. Main topics will include: Innate immunity, Metabolic control, Vaccines, Infectious disease, Ecoimmunology, Acquired immunity, Parasitology, Clinical immunology, Viral immunology, Inflammation, Molecular Immunology, Diagnostics, Mucosal Immunology, Biosecurity, Functional genomics, Zoonosis. In addition, a workshop session, funded under the Bill & Melinda gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration (GCE), will allow participants to identify the most important barriers in veterinary immunology that are preventing progress in veterinary [...]

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IFAH-Europe conference 2015: Healthy animals, healthy food, a healthy future

The conference will look at the animal health industry’s contribution to a sustainable future and will bring together a wide range of European animal health and agrifood-chain stakeholders, European and national decision-makers, as well as other experts to increase a common understanding of: • Europe’s role in the global food security challenge and the affordability of food • Sustainable animal production and the role of animal health • The roIe of innovation in animal production and consumer acceptance See further details in the attached programme. The conference will build on the conclusions of IFAH-Europe’s 2012 food chain conference, entitled ‘Healthy animals for a safe, secure and sustainable food supply’. Who should attend • European animal health and agrifood-chain related organisations, stakeholder platforms and think tanks • European food [...]

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XVII ISAH Congress, 2015

The Slovak Organizing Committee is pleased to welcome you to the XVII ISAH 2015 Congress in Košice. The congress is a unique opportunity for agriculture and scientists to meet and acquire new knowledge as well as to exchange experiences within animal science. The meeting will take place in Košice from 7th to 11th June 2015. A main theme of the congress will be “Animal hygiene in livestock production – the first step to food hygiene” dealing with product quality as well as resource efficiency, sustainability, animal welfare and agro-ecology. The program will cover various thematic topics such as livestock farming systems, animal nutrition, animal management and health and also cattle, sheep and poultry, goat, pig and horse production. More than 300 delegates from 57 countries are expected During [...]

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