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Badger culling increases ranging behaviour among survivors

A study led by researchers from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Imperial College London has found that culling drives badgers to roam further afield. They say this helps to explain why the practice, intended to reduce bovine tuberculosis (TB) transmission, can sometimes exacerbate the problem instead. Published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, […]

Model predicts effectiveness of livestock vaccines

Scientists at The Roslin Institute have developed an epidemiological model to investigate the effectiveness of vaccines for preventing, mitigating or eliminating infectious diseases in livestock. When appropriately applied, even imperfect vaccines can prevent, eliminate or largely reduce the prevalence of viruses, the model shows. The goal of effective vaccination is not only to protect individuals […]

PPR risk associated with herd management system in Tanzania

A study published in Epidemiology and Infection provides an updated picture of the prevalence of Peste-des-petits-ruminants virus (PPRV) in northern Tanzania. According to the research team, livestock managed in a system where they are the sole source of an owners’ livelihood are more likely to become infected with PPRV than livestock managed in a system […]

Avian influenza: study identifies high risk poultry trading practices in Vietnam

Scientists at The Pirbright Institute have found that the transmission of avian influenza viruses in Vietnam is influenced by the structure of live poultry trading networks. Their work has identified the groups that are most likely to employ trade practices that impact the risk of infection in chickens, which could better inform vaccination strategies in […]

PRRSV: strains of low and high virulence compared

A research group from the University of Córdoba, led by Professor Librado Carrasco, has been researching Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) for years, with the aim of developing effective vaccines. Although PRRSV was discovered in the 1990s, in recent years more virulent strains have emerged. As each strain behaves differently, developing effective vaccines […]

Almost 5 million pigs lost to Asia’s ASF outbreak

Close to 5 million pigs in Asia have now died or been culled because of the spread of African swine fever (ASF), first detected in China in August 2018. As of August 2019, ASF is present in six Asian countries: Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, Lao PDR, Mongolia and Vietnam. The latest data provided by FAO […]

Machine learning to fight antibiotic resistance in farmed chickens

A new research project aims to improve the health of farmed chickens in China and reduce the risk of disease and antibiotic resistance transferring to human populations. The FARMWATCH project will use machine learning to find new ways to identify and pinpoint disease in poultry farms, reducing the need for antibiotic treatment and lowering the […]

Tuberculosis test differentiates infected from vaccinated animals

Skin tests that can distinguish between cattle that are infected with tuberculosis (TB) and those that have been vaccinated against the disease have been created by an international team of scientists. The findings of the study are published in Science Advances. The traditional TB tuberculin skin test shows a positive result for cattle that have […]

STAR-IDAZ IRC at Animal Health Innovation, Latin America

STAR-IDAZ IRC will be at Animal Health Innovation: Latin America on the 6-7 August where they are hosting a special session on Shortening the innovation pipeline – focusing the research effort. Animal Health Innovation brings start-ups and biotech companies together with financial investors and established multinational veterinary pharmaceutical companies to better stimulate the growth of […]

Feed additives may help stop the spread of viral diseases in pigs

Initial results of a study conducted by Pipestone Applied Research, finds that five commercially available feed additives may stop the spread of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) and Seneca Valley A (SVA) through contaminated feed. Dr. Scott Dee, Research Director at Pipestone Applied Research, presented the results of the first […]