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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 […]

International expert panel to address the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases

International organizations have come together to launch a One Health High-Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP) to improve understanding of how diseases with the potential to trigger pandemics emerge and spread. The inaugural meeting was held on 17th May. The panel will advise the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations […]

Study finds African buffalo and gazelle unlikely to sustain spread of PPRV

A collaborative study involving scientists from The Pirbright Institute, has revealed that African buffalo and Grant’s gazelle are unlikely to sustain circulation of peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV), improving prospects for disease eradication. The role of wild species in PPRV epidemiology is unclear, which is a knowledge gap for the Global Strategy for the […]

ASFV vaccine candidate produced in a continuous cell line

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has announced that an African swine fever virus (ASFV) vaccine candidate has been adapted to grow in a cell line, which means that those involved in vaccine production will no longer have to rely on live pigs and their fresh cells for vaccine production. “This opens […]

Genetic changes alter pathogenicity and zoonotic potential of Salmonella Typhimurium

Two closely related variants of Salmonella Typhimurium, a major cause of gastroenteritis worldwide, have significantly different effects on pig health, a study has found. The two variants, U288 and ST34, are particularly dominant in pigs and differed in colonisation of the intestine and surrounding tissues and the severity of disease they produced, scientists from the […]

State-of-the-art Report article

An article published in the OIE Bulletin https://oiebulletin.com/?p=17807 , by S. Messori describes the work of the STAR-IDAZ IRC and provides the background to the State-of-the-art Report. The aim of this report is to provide STAR-IDAZ IRC Members (i.e., public and private research funders, as well as other animal health stakeholders) with an overview of […]

Study uncovers important details of lumpy skin disease virus transmission by insects

Scientists at The Pirbright Institute have measured the risk of different insect species transmitting lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV). The findings are published in the Journal of Virology. LSDV causes severe disease in cattle and is rapidly emerging into new regions. It has recently spread from Africa and the Middle East into cattle populations in […]

Rising Sika deer populations linked to bovine TB infections in Ireland

Research published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science suggests Ireland’s increasing populations of Sika deer (Cervus nippon) may be linked to local outbreaks of tuberculosis (TB) infection in cattle. Although TB infection rates have decreased in general in recent decades, county-level data shows a correlation between higher Sika numbers and higher local TB infections – with […]