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

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DISCONTOOLS launches new website

(14/02/2018) DISCONTOOLS, the open-access database identifying research gaps to improve the control and management of more than 50 infectious diseases in animals – has just launched a brand new website with updated info for a majority of the prioritised diseases: www.discontools.eu   . An important resource for public and private funders of animal health research, DISCONTOOLS aims to help speed up the development of new DISease CONtrol TOOLS including diagnostics, vaccines, and pharmaceuticals to help reduce the occurrence and burden of animal diseases. The new website includes a more user-friendly interface for the database, making retrieval of information both easier and more flexible. Customisable searches allow for a more in-depth review of the data available. Research bodies can select their topics of interest, compare the selected topics across diseases [...]

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Characterization of Mycobacterium bovis in Mozambique

The most extensive study to date of the genetic diversity of Mycobacterium bovis isolates from Mozambique is reported in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Bovine tuberculosis (BTB) is of global concern for multiple reasons – the economic impact on animal production, the potential spread to wildlife, and the risk of transmission to humans. While BTB is known to be widespread in Africa, limited data exists combining its prevalence and distribution across borders. Efforts to determine to what extent human tuberculosis is due to M. bovis are ongoing. Margarida Correia-Neves of the University of Minho, Portugal, and colleagues obtained 228 M. bovis samples from both small-scale and large commercial herds of cattle in 10 districts of Mozambique. They then genotyped each sample to determine how the strains were related, and [...]

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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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EVENTS

International Research Consortium (IRC) on Animal Health, Executive Committee Meeting, Madrid, Spain, 14-15 March 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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10th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management

http://www.esphm2018.org/ ESPHM is a joint collaboration among three parties including the European College of Porcine Health Management (ECPHM), the European Association of Porcine Health Management (EAPHM) and, for the ESPHM 2018, the Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA) at Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA) as Local Organizing Committee.

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