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SARS-CoV-2 in mustelides: recommendations to improve monitoring

Following outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2 in mink farms across Europe in 2020 the European Commission  requested a report in order to offer options for monitoring strategies in preventing and controlling spread of the disease. The report, compiled by EFSA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) concludes that all mink farms should be considered at risk from SARS-CoV-2 and that monitoring should include active measures such as testing of animals and staff in addition to passive surveillance by farmers and veterinarians. As of January 2021, the virus has been detected at 400 mink farms in eight countries in the EU/EEA – 290 in Denmark, 69 in the Netherlands, 21 in Greece, 13 in Sweden, three in Spain, two in Lithuania and one each in France and Italy. Mink and […]

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Avian influenza: 25 UE/SEE countries involved according to the recent EFSA report

Between 8 December 2020 and 23 February 2021, 1,022 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus detections were reported in 25 EU/EEA countries and the UK. Most of the cases (n=592) were related to poultry, the rest – to wild and captive birds. The majority of the detections were reported in France among farmed ducks. In Russia, seven cases of HPAI virus A (H5N8) infection, with little or no symptoms, have been reported in humans among workers in the poultry sector. Six different genotypes were identified to date in Europe and Russia, suggesting a high propensity of these viruses to undergo multiple reassortment events.  The possibility remains that new strains will emerge with a greater potential to infect humans, but to date there is no evidence of any mutation […]

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Assessing the risks of zoonotic diseases under the One Health approach: a new operational tool

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the necessity of a longstanding and sustainable One Health collaboration across sectors to tackle shared sanitary challenges.To support countries in building multisectoral mechanisms to jointly assess the risks at the human–animal–environment interface, a new operational tool is available to complement the existing Tripartite Guide to Addressing Zoonotic Diseases in Countries. The new Joint Risk Assessment Operational Tool (JRA) OT was designed to support countries in applying a consistent and harmonized approach to assessing risks posed by zoonotic disease hazards.The JRA OT offers decision-makers and technical experts a 10-step approach to create a system for conducting joint qualitative risk assessments. Results of the JRA OT are used to support policy communication, risk mitigation, and improved planning and preparedness for zoonotic diseases, contributing to health […]

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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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The 26th IPVS2020 Congress

The 26th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress will be held in 2022 in 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. For more information see: http://ipvs2020.com/ Note: The 26th International Pig Veterinary […]

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The 16th International Symposium of animal biology and nutrition organized by The National Research and Development Institute for Biology and Animal Nutrition (IBNA Balotești) will be held online 30/09/2021-01/10/2021 . This event will bring together scientists and experts in animal biology and nutrition from all over the world to discuss the most recent research, focusing on current scientific trends. In particular, the following topics will be addressed: quality and safety of feeds and animal products; low input/sustainable animal production systems;  “omics” applied in animal nutrition;  management of the animal genetic resources; reproduction, welfare and animal health. Deadlines: Submitting abstracts: August 1, 2021 Submitting full text articles: September 1, 2021   Symposium webpage: https://www.ibna.ro/en/simpozion        

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72nd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP)

The 72nd Annual Meeting of EAAP, one of the largest animal science congresses in the world, will be held in Davos, Switzerland from 30 August to 3 September 2021. The meeting provides a platform where international scientists and experts from all disciplines of animal science and industry share and acquire new knowledge and experiences on the latest research results. The numerous sessions, plenary session, poster presentations and discussions about scientific achievements in livestock production during the Annual Meeting all will  provide an opportunity to put new ideas into practice. Other than the outstanding scientific program, a series of social events will take place: a Swiss Evening, a Conference Dinner, Technical Tours and a Companion Program. The event expects more than 1200 participants from more than 50 countries worldwide. […]

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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. Registration will begin on 25 January 2021 Early registration deadline: 30 April 2021 late registration deadline: 15 June 2021 Deadline for submitting a new paper 17 January 2021 For other information see: https://colloque.inrae.fr/wrc2020/Practical-information 12th World Rabbit […]

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ISAH webinars “Asia & Europe facing the same challenges in: African Swine Fever and COVID-19”

International Society for Animal Hygiene (ISAH) is delighted to announce a two-day webinar titled “Asia & Europe facing the same challenges in: African Swine Fever and COVID-19”. During the first day of the event leading experts from Europe and Asia will give outstanding talks, covering the latest knowledge on the state, spread and prevention strategies of ASF. The second day of the webinar will be entirely dedicated to COVID-19, discussing the role of animals and hygiene in the pandemic, the strategies of fighting against SARS-CoV-2 spreading and preventing future epidemics. The participants will have an unique opportunity to discuss with the experts the above-mentioned topics. Don’t miss this event! No conference fee. Limited number of participants. Registration required at www.isah-soc.org Programme_ISAH_webinars For more information see: https://www.isah-soc.org/?Events/Symposiums/2021-webinars

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13th International Virology Summit (Euro Virology 2021)

13th International Virology Vebinar (Euro Virology 2021) will be conducted on Aprile 28-29, 2021. The event 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 virus research and viral diseases, including COVID-19. Euro Virology 2021 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/eposter/scientific-program.php

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