Animal Health – EMIDA

The activities of the Animal Health Subgroup were accelerated and built upon through the European Commission (EC) funded project EMIDA (Coordination of European Research on Emerging and Major Infectious Diseases of Livestock). EMIDA began in April 2008 and ended in December 2011 making way for a new ERA-NET coordinating European animal health and welfare research called ANIHWA which began in January 2012. EC funding for EMIDA enabled the group to map the European research landscape through the production and analysis of a number of databases on research projects, research publications, research patents and EC funded projects in the field of animal health. This analysis led to the identification of a number of research topics which were taken forward in two Common Calls each involving about 20 funding partners and their combined budget of 20 million Euros. Another output of EMIDA was the development of a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for which the first step was a review of foresight studies, the second step was a Delphi Study and Consensus Workshop and third was to bring all of this together for the SRA. The outputs of EMIDA are all available from the Resources section of this website.

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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