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Europe’s veterinary public health systems are confronted with growing economic, sociological, environmental changes and challenges. A priority-focused strategy is urgently needed to best utilize the limited resources invested into animal health research for safeguarding and improving animal health for present and future generations. A foresight study was carried out as part of the ANIHWA project in order to produce an EU Strategic Research Agenda on Animal Health and Welfare (published in 2015) and to identify topics for collaborative activities at European level. The purpose of the present study was an updateing of the previous Agenda and this report details its findings.
The European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis affirmed that european commitment to fight antimicrobial resistance has to be renew through cooperation between countries and implementing of stringent policies. Indeed, antimicrobial resistance is far to be satisfactorily faced, as the new summary report of ECDC and EFSA demonstrates, showing up the new findings based on data from 2016 .
The levels of antimicrobial resistance differ significantly from one EU country to another, and new cases of antimicrobial resistance were reported.
For the first time, ESBL-producing S. Kentucky, highly resistent to cirpofloxacin, was detected in four countries. One out of four cases of human infections given by Salmonella are due to bacteria resistent to at least three or more commonly used antimicrobials, and also Campylobacter bacteria show high resistance to widely used drugs.
Regarding the animal production, it is remarcable the finding of low levels of resistence to carbapenems in E. coli isolated on poultry and chicken meat, linezoid-resistant S. aureus found in pigs and low levels of colistin resistance in Salmonella and E. coli in pigs.
Animal Task Force published the Session Report of its last Annual meeting held in Brussels, the 28th October 2017, entitled: “Food integrity in the food chain: How can the animal production sector contribute?”.
The topics discussed were the visions of the animal primary production both from civil society and private sector. The document gathers the point of view of its most preminent representatives, organised in short essays. A preminent part is dedicated to edited minutes of the panel discussions.
The Report updates state of the art of the needs of livestock economy research presented in Second White Paper at the end of 2016.
This document indicated research priorities for Horizon2020 2018-2020 Work Programme in innovation and sustainability in European animal production. The study was focused on herbivores (ruminants, horses, rabbits) and monogastrics (pigs, poultry), thinking of livestock production as part of a circular bio-economy, involving agriculture and energy production.
The three main topics analysed in the agenda are the efficient use of biomass (approaching both manure utilisation and food production efficiency), sustainability of the livestock sector and animal health. Emerging technologies are discussed in the cross-cutting issues chapter, as the use of precision instruments and infrastructure development.
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The 7th Seminar Report is available at
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.
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