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Cattle herds tracked to determine risk of disease spread in East Africa

Scientists teamed with farmers from rural areas of Tanzania to track herds of cattle using satellite Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, to better understand how diseases can pass from one herd to another. The results of the study – led by the University of Glasgow and published in Scientific Reports – suggest that targeted interventions […]

Study identifies risk factors for spread of FMDV in Asia

An international project led by scientists in the World Reference Laboratory for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (WRLFMD) at The Pirbright Institute has tracked the evolution of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) over nearly 20 years to reveal how different factors affect its spread across countries of Western and Southern Asia. In their study, published in Molecular Biology and […]

“Securing our future” – report on the value of veterinary vaccinology

A report published today (18 Sept. 2021) makes a strong case for the UK to increase its investment in veterinary vaccine research, particularly for zoonotic diseases, to ensure we are prepared to respond to emerging threats in the future. The report available here , was commissioned and funded by the British Society for Immunology and […]

Influenza, Still a Major Threat – New International Report on Current Research

The STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium on Animal Health has published an independent report, (available in the reports section of this website – here) to comprehensively review the research on animal influenza viruses, that has been published in the last five years, including studies on virology, pathogenicity, epidemiology, prevention and control. As well as reviewing recently […]

OIE: Action needed to curb the spread of African swine fever in the Americas

Since 2018, African swine fever (ASF) has spread relentlessly, affecting more than 50 countries in Africa, Europe and Asia. Countries in the Americas Region are now also on alert, as the Dominican Republic has notified through the World Animal Health Information System (OIE-WAHIS) the reoccurrence of ASF after years of being free from the disease. […]

Improved poultry influenza vaccine provides rapid protection

A vaccine developed by researchers at The Pirbright Institute triggers a rapid immune response which protects chickens against signs of disease and reduces virus shedding. The researchers say the vaccine would also be easier and less costly to produce than the traditional influenza vaccines made in chicken eggs. Many poultry influenza vaccines protect birds from […]

Cocktail of recombinant proteins protects cattle against paratuberculosis

Scientists with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have developed an experimental vaccine to protect cattle from infection with Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP). Rather than use the cells of live but weakened or dead MAP, as has been done with past commercial vaccine formulations, ARS microbiologists Judy Stabel and John Bannantine set their sights […]

Symposium: Filling the knowledge gaps in animal disease control, 20 October 2021

A symposium organised by DISCONTOOLS in collaboration with STAR-IDAZ IRC, and hosted by AnimalhealthEurope will be held on the 20 October 2021. This will be a ‘face-to-face’ meeting held in Brussels rather than a virtual meeting that we have become used to. The symposium will draw on the DISCONTOOLS and STAR-IDAZ IRC initiatives to identify […]

Tetramer-based analysis of FMDV segments could improve vaccine effectiveness

Researchers from The Pirbright Institute have identified new parts of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) that stimulate an immune response. Their findings, reported in Immunology, could be used to inform the design of improved vaccines. They also discovered that T helper cells were present in cattle samples four years after the animals had been vaccinated, indicating […]

OIE report indicates decreasing trend in antimicrobial use

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) recently published its Fifth OIE Annual Report on Antimicrobial Agents Intended for Use in Animals. The report provides details on the global use of antimicrobial agents adjusted for animal biomass for 2017 and interprets the overall findings of the annual data collection on the use of antimicrobial agents […]