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Genome study will be used to breed more productive and resilient African cattle

Scientists have discovered a set of detailed genetic markers in African cattle that are associated with valuable traits such as heat and drought-tolerance, the capacity to control inflammation and tick infestations, and resistance to trypanosomiasis. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, emerged from a collaborative effort to sequence the genomes of 172 indigenous cattle by […]

STAR-IDAZ IRC and the Global AMR R&D Hub Collaboration

As part of the global initiative to control and counteract the effects of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), today, STAR-IDAZ IRC and the Global AMR R&D Hub [https://globalamrhub.org/] have entered a collaboration partnership. The partnership is based on their common interest to strengthen global research efforts and reduce duplication of research on priority infectious diseases of animals […]

Drug resistant nematodes cost European livestock industry millions each year

A European-wide assessment of the economic burden of gastrointestinal nematodes, Fasciola hepatica (common liver fluke) and Dictyocaulus viviparus (bovine lungworm) infections to the ruminant livestock industry is reported in Preventive Veterinary Medicine. The study estimated that parasitic worms cost the European livestock industry more than €1.8 billion per year, with drug-resistance costing at least €38 […]

Global action needed to stop the spread of African swine fever

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have launched a joint initiative for the Global Control of African swine fever. African swine Fever (ASF) has become a major crisis for the pork industry, causing massive losses in pig populations and generating drastic economic consequences. Currently […]

Database of infectious cattle diseases in East Africa

A database of East African cattle health has been developed over three years by an international team of researchers led by the Roslin Institute. The Infectious Diseases of East African Livestock (IDEAL) database, developed from a study of more than 500 East African calves, gives users free access to extensive data on genetics and physical […]

Additives may help mitigate the risk of ASFV transmission through feed

Researchers at Kansas State University have found that chemical feed additives may potentially serve as mitigants for reducing the risk of introduction and transmission of African swine fever virus (ASFV) through feed. Their findings are published in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. The research team, headed by Megan Niederwerder, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology […]

Pandemic – Webinar: expert’s views on emerging diseases and their control

Pandemic – Webinar: expert’s views on emerging diseases and their control   The threat of future emerging diseases, and the ways in which the scientific community should respond were examined in a lively international Webinar on 30 June. The Webinar was recorded and is available at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8poA5_XLec The event, organised jointly by the […]

Pandemic! A one health view of emerging infectious diseases – Webinar

This global interactive webinar will be held on 30 June 2020 (14.00-16.15 CET) and is focused on the role of veterinary sciences to cope with, and prevent, future animal and zoonotic pandemics, with emphasis on the lessons learnt from Covid-19. To register follow this link: http://bit.ly/3c8dC5q . The event, organised jointly by the Consultative Working […]

Efforts to control PPRV should focus on herd management style, not age

A study in Tanzania explored the rate of Peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV) infection across ages and livestock management styles of sheep and goats, as well as in cattle, which do not express symptoms but can be infected by the virus. The study, published in the journal Viruses, provides insight into how to target […]

Epidemiological analyses of African swine fever in the European Union

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its latest annual update on the presence of African swine fever (ASF) in the European Union. During the period covered by the report – November 2018 to October 2019 – Czechia became officially ASF-free. The disease was, however, confirmed as present in Slovakia, meaning there continue to […]