“Global Strategic Alliances for the Coordination of Research on the Major Infectious Diseases of Animals and Zoonoses”

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Roadmap to combat bovine and zoonotic tuberculosis

The Roadmap for Zoonotic Tuberculosis was launched at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health, which took place in Guadalajara, Mexico, 11-14 October 2017. Four partners in health, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) have joined forces to develop the roadmap and address the major health and economic impact of this disease. Bovine TB is most often transmitted to humans through food consumption, usually non-heat-treated dairy products or raw or improperly cooked meat from diseased animals. Direct transmission from infected animals or animal products to people can also occur. “This multidisciplinary roadmap represents a milestone in the fight against TB [...]

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Modified virus shows promise as an ASF vaccine

Researchers have found that deleting a gene of African swine fever virus (ASFV) reduces its ability to cause infection and protects against a strain of the virus that causes severe disease. In the study, published in the Journal of Virology, scientists at The Pirbright Institute deleted an ASFV gene that codes for a protein (DP148R) thought to play a role in suppressing the pig immune system. The resulting modified virus was still able to replicate, but showed a dramatically reduced ability to cause infection; the pigs all survived and only displayed mild clinical signs. After being exposed to the modified strain, the pigs were protected against further infection from a natural strain of ASFV. Dr Linda Dixon, leader of the ASF group at Pirbright, said: “Now that we have [...]

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Veterinary experts meet to advance animal health and productivity for African farmers

Veterinary experts meet to advance animal health and productivity for African farmers  21 September 2017 – Animal health experts from Africa and the Middle East met in Abuja, Nigeria on 12-14th September to agree common research priorities for Africa and explore sharing of resources and facilities to maximise the impact of research in advancing the health and productivity of livestock.  Sub-Saharan Africa is home to some of the largest livestock populations in the world and has the highest density of impoverished livestock farmers. It is estimated that more than 50% of the people in this region live on less than $1 a day, depend on livestock which provides approximately 45% of the total family income. Livestock are an essential asset to rural communities, and the health of livestock [...]

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International Veterinary Vaccinology Network Meeting 2017

The International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN) Meeting 2017 will take place at the Ole Sereni Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya on the 30-31 October 2017. The meeting aims to: bring together UK and low-and-middle income country partners to form collaborations; introduce other networks that IVVN members should be aware of and bring together academic with industrial and other non-academic partners. The meeting will be composed of 4 themes: Vaccines for Zoonotic Diseases, Veterinary Vaccine Production in Africa, Synthetic Biology in Vaccine Development and Livestock Vaccines Here & Now. The programme for the meeting is: Welcome & Introduction Dr Vish Nene (ILRI) & Dr Bryan Charleston (The Pirbright Institute) The International Veterinary Vaccinology Network Dr Tim Connelley (The Roslin Institute) Theme 1: Vaccines for Zoonotic Diseases Chair: Prof Fiona Tomley Unravelling the pathogenesis of visceral [...]

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EVENTS

10th International Leptospirosis Society Meeting

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2017 North American PRRS Symposium on PRRS, Emerging and Foreign Animal Diseases and National Swine Improvement Federation NAPRRS-NSIF Joint Conference

The NA PRRS Symposium is an annual conference for scientists, diagnosticians, practitioners and producers who are interested in porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), the most costly viral disease to ever face a global swine industry. The meeting is further expanded to include emerging and foreign animal diseases, such as Seneca Valley virus (SVV), porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), porcine circovirus-associated disease (PCVAD), African swine fever virus (ASFV), classical swine fever virus (CSFV), and other high-consequence diseases of swine. Scientific topics include disease control, vaccines, pathogenesis, diagnostics, epidemiology and host genetics.

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2017 Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases Meeting

http://crwad.org/ The 2017 CRWAD Meeting will be held Sunday – Tuesday, December 3 – 5, at the Chicago Marriott, Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois. The meeting will begin with the combined meeting of NAPRRS and CRWAD on Sunday afternoon, the Schwabe Symposium and other satellite meetings. There will also a Sunday evening Keynote speaker followed by the an Opening Reception and combined NAPRRS and CRWAD poster session Sunday evening. This year a BVDV Symposium will occur on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday at the conclusion of the CRWAD meeting

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ERADbTB (Eradication of bovine tuberculosis through basic research and discovery), and GRAbTB (Global Research Alliance on bovine tuberculosis) Workshop

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International Research Consortium (IRC) on Animal Health, Executive Committee meeting 2018

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