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Mink may have transmitted Covid-19 Coronavirus to humans in the Netherlands

Several mink have tested positive with COVID-19 at four mink farms in the Netherlands. The mink showed various symptoms including respiratory problems. Some employees had symptoms of the coronavirus at both companies. Research shows that mink on the farm have transmitted the virus to each other. It is also plausible that two employees have been infected by mink. The Animal Health Service (GD), Utrecht University (UU), Erasmus MC (EMC) and Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR) are conducting research to gain more insight into the virus, the spread of the virus and the spread in the environment. Samples of sick and healthy animals have been collected and air and dust samples have also been taken in the vicinity of the farms. GGD is involved in sampling and research into contamination [...]

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Bees and pesticides: third consultation on guidance review

In March 2019, the European Commission (EC) mandated EFSA to revise its 2013 guidance document on the risk assessment of plant protection products and bees (Apis mellifera, Bombus spp. and solitary bees) (EFSA, 2013), which was republished in 2014 following feedback from MSs collected during a workshop organised by the EC. EFSA has considered both the complexity of the subject and the stakeholder and public interest of the subject in question, and has established an ad-hoc stakeholder consultation group that will be consulted at various stages of development of the work to provide input to the EFSA scientific working group. The Consultation Group together with Member State pesticide network have been asked for feedback on the proposed approach for revising tier 1 risk assessment schemes, with a focus [...]

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Coronavirus: no evidence that food is a source or transmission route, according to EFSA

EFSA’s chief scientist, Marta Hugas, said: “Experiences from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), show that transmission through food consumption did not occur. At the moment, there is no evidence to suggest that coronavirus is any different in this respect.” The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) informs that while animals in China were the likely source of the initial infection, the virus is spreading from person to person – mainly  vi a respiratory droplets that people sneeze, cough, or exhale. Scientists and authorities across the world are monitoring the spread of the virus and there have not been any reports of transmission through food. For this reason, EFSA is not currently involved [...]

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SARS-CoV-2 infection among domestic animals

Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italy): “There is no evidence that domestic animals are playing a role in the spread of SARS-CoV-2, whose predominant route of transmission is from human to human. However, veterinary surveillance and experimental studies suggest that domestic animals can occasionally be susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, so it is important to protect the pets of COVID-19 patients limiting their exposure to the virus. After leaving its potential wild animal reservoir, SARS-CoV-2 has quickly spread to all continents as the human species proved to be a receptive population, allowing effective intra-species transmission. The virus is now widely distributed among humans and, in some cases, seems to affect also the animals that share their lives and homes. As at 2 April 2020, 800,000 human cases of COVID-19 have been [...]

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EVENTS

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12th International Virology Summit (Vebinar) (Euro Virology 2020)

12th International Virology Vebinar (Euro Virology 2020) will be conducted on June 24-25, 2020. The Vebinar will promote quality research and real-world impact in an atmosphere of true international cooperation between scientists by bringing together the world class researchers, international communities and industrial heads to discuss the latest developments and innovations in the fields of Virology. This scientific event will consist of structured scientific sessions which will cover all the aspects of viral diseases and virus research. Euro Virology 2020 is expected to serve as an international platform for meeting researchers from around the world, widen professional contact and create new opportunities, including establishing new collaborations. For more information see: https://virology.conferenceseries.com/europe/scientific-program

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SVEPM Conference & Annual General Meeting 2020

SVEPM Conference & Annual General Meeting 2020 The Annual Conference & Educational Meeting organized by the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine in 2020 will be held in Westport, Ireland. During this three days event the scientists and specialists from the areas of veterinary epidemiology and animal and public health protection will discuss different aspects of epizootic animal diseases with a focus on current hot topics. Interesting selected presentations about recent research on a wide variety of themes including food and feed safety, stakeholder engagement, companion animal epidemiology, Avian influenza, Johne’s disease control, machine learning for disease prediction, modelling interventions, and disease control programs will be part of the scientific programme. SVEPM Conference & Annual General Meeting 2020 is postponed! Follow the updated information here: https://svepm2020.ie/

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Early Career Researcher Workshop: Envisioning the Future of European Animal Production

The European Research Area Network on Sustainable Animal Production (ERA-NET SusAn) is organising an Early Career Researcher Workshop, that will be held in Rome (Italy) in Autumn 2020. Aim of the workshop is to bring together European researchers in the early stages of post doc career to work together on a vision of European sustainable animal production. The main objectives of this workshop are: • Define key benefits and challenges of sustainable European animal production • Discuss different alternatives/pathways to a more sustainable European animal production • Elaborate a coherent vision for sustainable animal production in Europe and formulate a “Narrative of sustainable European animal production” • Create the basis for a peer reviewed article on the narrative, to be completed after the workshop by the participants Travel, [...]

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6th International One Health Congress

The 6th World One Health Congress is the world’s premier conference for the worldwide One Health community supporting the idea of an integrated approach to human, animal and environmental health as the best solution to urgent health threats. The 5-day event will be co-organized by the One Health Platform, the University of Edinburgh, Africa CDC and the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and will give the unique opportunity to meet and discuss with the world’s leading One Health experts. The Congress will include lectures, debates, workshops and symposia in three separate programme tracks: One Health Science, Antimicrobial Resistance and Science Policy Interface. The Congress has been re-scheduled. The plans are to hold it from 30 October to 3 November 2020, ending most appropriately on the annual [...]

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The 26th IPVS2020 Congress

The 26th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress will be held Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Congress will be the perfect environment where the world´s greatest specialists in animal health, biosecurity, welfare, nutrition, reproduction, business and innovation, and other subjects will exchange the knowledge and experiences and will share the last technical- scientific developments related to pig production. Many of the debates in previous Congress editions have led to the development of procedures, which were incorporated in pig production systems to modernize and turn them into an economic and productive activity. At this Congress, a complete review of the new advances will be presented in search of more efficient solutions to face pig production challenges. Deadline for abstract submission: May 30ᵗʰ 2020 For more information see: http://ipvs2020.com/

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7th International Conference on Mycobacterium Bovis

The Seventh International Conference on Mycobacterium bovis 2020 will gather together scientists, policy makers, veterinarians and industry stakeholders from around the world with the aim of identifying constraints and providing practical solutions for the control and eradication of the M. bovis. The conference will bring together experts on a wide range of M. bovis related themes including: the science/policy interface, epidemiology, surveillance, diagnostics, wildlife reservoirs, social science & economics, vaccination, practical delivery, and innovation for TB control and eradication. Early bird Registration closes 31st Jan 2020 Abstract Submissions closes 12th Jan 2020 Abstract Submissions deadline 12th Jan 2020 Follow the last updates on rescheduled dates here: https://www.mbovis2020.com/ Due to the unprecedented global crisis, the Committee of the Seventh International Conference on Mycobacterium bovis have postponed the event until [...]

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