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Novel coronavirus (19): China (HU) transmission dynamics

Information from a variety of sources suggests that this novel virus is a recombinant betacoronavirus of animal origin that emerged in November or December 2019, likely at the Wuhan Seafood Market. Epidemiological analysis was initiated after recognition of a market-linked pneumonia cluster in late December. Notwithstanding the name of the “Wuhan Seafood Market”, the market sells large numbers of live animals, including wild animals, which are kept in close proximity to one another, perhaps facilitating viral recombination. Similar disrupted ecology contributed to the emergence of SARS. The emergence of many cases of a novel, animal-derived pathogen in a live animal market, over a short time period was suggestive of a point source outbreak with animal-to-human spread,assuming that the initial cluster of approximately 40 cases was largely a result [...]

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EFSA: Risk assessment of African swine fever in the south‐eastern countries of Europe

The assessment estimates the potential for the disease to spread across south-eastern Europe. EFSA evaluated the possibility of spread among nine disease-free countries – Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia. EFSA concludes that the chances of the disease spreading among these countries within one year of introduction are very high (66-100%). However, the chances of the disease spreading west into other EU Member States within the same time frame are rated as very low (0-15%). According to EFSA early detection and preparedness is key to controlling spread of the disease. In particular, EFSA recommends: – Rigorous surveillance, especially surveillance of wild boar and domestic pigs, which remains the most effective means for early detection of African swine fever. – Measures to limit access [...]

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Call launch: supporting the food safety systems of the future

The European Commission has launched a call to develop a research and innovation platform on food safety. It will make it easier for national food safety authorities, EU agencies, policy-makers, the scientific community and civil society to coordinate research efforts. The platform is expected to include information on food safety research and to improve coherence between national and EU funding in food safety research. It will also facilitate new approaches to communication on food safety. Major outcomes of the Commission’s project will be trans-national research programmes, the alignment of national and EU research agendas, and the creation of a Food Safety Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) to address consumers’ expectations, emerging technologies and policy priorities. Call ID: H2020-FNR-2020 The deadline for applications is 22 January 2020. For [...]

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EFSA: Poultry welfare at slaughter: hazards identified and measures proposed

Recently EFSA has proposed measures to address the animal welfare hazards most commonly observed during the slaughter of poultry for food production and disease control. A comprehensive overview covers the entire slaughter process from arrival and unloading of birds through stunning to bleeding and killing. It identifies a number of hazards that give rise to welfare issues – such as pain, thirst, hunger or restricted movement – and proposes preventive and corrective measures where possible. Most of the hazards are the result of staff failings e.g. lack of training and skilled personnel. EFSA’s advice highlights the importance of staff being adequately trained in the different phases of slaughter and for clear identification of roles and responsibilities. The new scientific opinions are the first in a series of updates [...]

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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) on the 27-29 April 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 [...]

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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: January 31st 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 For more information see: https://www.mbovis2020.com/

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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 Call for abstracts is now open! Deadline for submissions January 15 2020 For more information see: https://onehealthplatform.com/wohc/home

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12th International Virology Summit (Euro Virology 2020)

12th International Virology Summit (Euro Virology 2020) will be held during June 24-25, 2020 in Rome, Italy. This Summit promotes 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. The event will have plenary speakers, established Keynote speakers, young researchers presentations and poster presentations. 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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12th World Rabbit Congress 2020

The World Rabbit Congress (WRSA) strives to share the results of research and the latest scientific advances dedicated to rabbit and rabbit industry. The three-days event will comprise 8 plenary conferences on current issues or new perspectives, 5 round tables on emerging issues, thematic symposia and poster presentations. This Congress will attract a wide range of participants, both scientists and professionals working in the rabbit breeding sector, which will share their knowledge and the understanding of all aspects of rabbit science and will help to shape the future of rabbit breeding science. Early registration deadline: May 15th 2020 For more information see: https://colloque.inra.fr/wrc2020

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