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Infectious bursal disease virus: new method developed to screen vaccine candidates

Researchers at The Pirbright Institute have developed new tools and techniques to determine the breadth of immune responses produced by vaccines against different variants of infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV). Their study is published in the Journal of Virology. Eight IBDV genogroups have been identified and there are several variants of IBDV spreading in different […]

European project aims to develop innovative vaccines and diagnostics for livestock reproductive diseases

The goal of a 5-year project involving 16 partners representing 7 European countries (Italy, UK, Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland) is to develop new and improved vaccines and diagnostic tools to better control livestock reproductive diseases with worldwide impact. The REPRODIVAC project, funded through the Horizon Europe framework programme, will focus on four priority […]

Mucosal vaccination protects mice against Brucella infection

Researchers at the University of Florida have demonstrated the efficacy of a novel vaccine for the protection of mice against Brucella melitensis infection. Their findings are published in Frontiers in Immunology. David Pascual and colleagues found that a live, attenuated vaccine delivered orally followed by an intranasal boost induced robust production of T cells in […]

FAO and WOAH launch next phase of PPR eradication programme

An event was held on 4th November at the Rome headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to mark the publication of a book celebrating the eradication of rinderpest and to launch the next phase of the peste des petits ruminants (PPR) Global Eradication Programme. Co-authored by FAO and the […]

Whole genome sequencing of Moraxella bovis identifies two major genotypes

Researchers in the USA have revealed that there are two different genotypes of Moraxella bovis, a bacterium that causes infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK, also known as ‘pinkeye’), an economically significant and painful eye disease that affects cattle worldwide. The findings, published in BMC Microbiology, will help researchers understand how different types of M. bovis cause […]

Highly pathogenic avian influenza: 2021-2022 epidemic is the largest ever observed in Europe

An unprecedented number of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus detections were reported in wild and domestic birds from June to September in Europe, according to the latest overview by the European Food Safety Authority, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the EU reference laboratory. Between 11 June and 9 September 2022, […]

Exploring the relationships between antimicrobial use and resistance in Canadian turkey flocks

In a study published in Frontiers in Microbiology, researchers have modelled how antimicrobial use impacts the emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Escherichia coli isolated from Canadian turkey flocks. The findings will help inform antimicrobial stewardship in the turkey sector. Csaba Varga, assistant professor of epidemiology at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his research group […]

Study indicates bovine coronavirus is highly prevalent on European dairy farms

MSD Animal Health has announced preliminary results of a field study evaluating the prevalence of bovine coronavirus (BCoV) in European dairy production. The findings, presented at the World Buiatrics Congress in Madrid on 5 September 2022, suggest that BCoV is commonly present in both the respiratory and enteric pathways in the dairy cattle population in […]

ASFV stability in feed compared at three different storage temperatures

An article published in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases details the length of time African swine fever virus (ASFV) remains stable in feed at different storage temperatures. The study was conducted by a research team led by Megan Niederwerder, Associate Director of the Swine Health Information Center, USA. “Previous estimates of ASFV stability in feed were […]

Genes influence risk for bovine digital dermatitis

Two mutations in the genome of cattle likely cause some animals to be significantly more susceptible to digital dermatitis. The two candidate genes were discovered by an international team of researchers from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the University of Göttingen and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The findings, published in Frontiers in Genetics, could help […]