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ERA-NET SUSAN: INITIAL PROJECTS SEMINAR

Animal Management and HousingAnimal WelfareEpidemiologyInfrastructure and ForesightLivestock Sectors

The ERA-NET Sustainable Animal Production (SusAn) had its Kick-off meeting in December and has launched the first call for transnational research proposals on January 4th, 2016. The funding organisations (37 partners of 22 MS) agreed that future development of the European Animal Production sector will need to build on the sustainability triangle of economic competitiveness, social acceptability and environmental protection.The co-funded call for research, open to transnational research proposals which take a systems and interdisciplinary approach to research to address multiple objectives under the three Research Areas of Economy, Environment and Society. the initial project seminar will be held in Bilbao,Spain November the 23rd-24th 2017.

oie

Improving animal health data collection through the OIE’s renovated system WAHIS+

Animal HealthAnimal WelfareEpidemiologyLivestock Sectors

WAHIS, the OIE’s World Animal Health Information System is being renovated to meet new sanitary challenges and to be prepared to future demands. The new tool WAHIS+ has been improved for a better collection and dissemination of data on animal diseases.
In Paris, the 25th of May 2017,the new tool World Animal Health Information System + (WAHIS+) has been presented. As well as the previous version, it allows access to reliable and validated animal health information in order to control transboundary animal diseases effectively, ensures the early detection of emerging diseases, contributes to protect public health and global livelihoods, and plays a significant role in facilitating safe trade.

WAHIS+ will be an evolving tool, thanks to an ambitious project launched by the OIE to develop an improved system with increased functions and a stronger reporting network. It will improve the collection and the dissemination of data on animal diseases of epidemiological significance, in both domestic species and wildlife.

More than ten years have passed since the launch of the first WAHIS system, and changes are required to address the new challenges are faced by veterinary public health today. The road to WAHIS+ started one year ago, when the OIE consulted the needs of its Members, as well as a wide range of stakeholders, through survey, consultation and dialogue.

The complete article is available at

http://www.oie.int/en/for-the-media/press-releases/detail/article/improving-animal-health-data-collection-through-the-oies-renovated-system-wahis/

EFSA

Urgent advise on Lumpy Skin Disease

Animal HealthAnimal WelfareBeef CattleLivestock SectorsSmall Ruminants

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 vaccination using live homologous vaccines since there is consensus that stamping out alone does not seem sufficient to effectively control the disease, in line with the advice provided in the 2015 EFSA’s scientific opinion.

In accordance with Article 29 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002, the Commission asks the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA): to assess the implications in disease spread and persistence from the implementation of a partial stamping-out policy (killing and destruction of clinically affected animals only) in holdings where the presence of LSD has been confirmed, against the current EFSA’s advice and policy in place for total stamping out of infected herds coupled with vaccination.

Due to the fast spread of LSDV throughout south-eastern Europe, it appears particularly important to provide insights into the effect of vaccinating susceptible animals before the virus has been introduced in a region or country on the spread of LSDV.

The complete article  with the outcomes of the study was published on August the 9th and is available at

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/4573