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

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One Health study of tick-borne diseases in Mongolia

To better understand the epidemiology of tick-borne disease in Mongolia, a comprehensive seroprevalence study was conducted investigating exposure to Anaplasma spp. and spotted fever group (SFG) Rickettsia spp. in nomadic herders and their livestock across three provinces from 2014 to 2015. Dr. Michael von Fricken spent a year living in Ulaanbataar as a postdoc with Duke University, under Dr. Greg Gray, working alongside veterinarians from the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and the National Center for Zoonotic Diseases in Mongolia. Now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University, von Fricken and his colleagues recently published their findings in Acta Tropica. This study is unique given the under-studied target population of Mongolian herders, and the diverse landscapes covered, ranging from the arid [...]

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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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EVENTS

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

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World Vaccine Conference 2018, Washington DC, USA

Research, Development and Strategic Partnering for the Global Vaccine Industry

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4th Global African Swine Fever Research Alliance (GARA) Scientific Workshop

https://www.ars.usda.gov/GARA/ GARA exists to establish and sustain global research partnerships that will generate scientific knowledge and tools to contribute to the successful prevention, control and where feasible eradication of African Swine Fever (ASF). Its vision is a coordinated global research alliance enabling the progressive control and eradication of ASF.

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10th International Symposium on Avian Influenza

https://science.vla.gov.uk/flu-lab-net/isai2018/index.html The conference provides an opportunity for scientists, biologists, medics, veterinarians and government regulators from all over the world to exchange and discuss current scientific information on avian influenza (AI).

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34th World Veterinary Association Congress

http://wvac2018.org The World Veterinary Congress provides a unique opportunity for veterinarians in all branches of the profession globally to come together to explore the challenges that face animal health and welfare, to find solutions where possible and to demonstrate the value of the profession for the public good in a changing world. Three main tracks will underpin the congress programme comprising veterinary public health, academia and research and clinical medicine across all domestic species. The conference will host leading speakers from around the world to discuss ongoing issues of concern and to explore new horizons in the treatment and prevention of animal diseases and conditions.

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