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Influenza Virus Gap Analysis Workshop,

The Influenza Virus Gap Analysis Workshop reviewed the current state of knowledge on animal influenza, the gaps in our knowledge and where future research should be focused.  The meeting was held in the light of more than 3000 outbreaks of H5N1 strain of the virus in poultry in dozens of countries, and more than 77 […]

Genetic locus linked to tolerance to East Coast fever

Researchers from the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH), Roslin Institute, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the University of Glasgow sought to understand whether regions of the cattle genome might predict the likelihood that an animal can survive East Coast fever, a disease caused by the parasite Theileria parva, transmitted by […]

Platform technologies in veterinary vaccinology – review.

A review commissioned by STAR-IDAZ IRC on vaccine platforms has been published in the journal Vaccine (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.03.059). Vaccine platforms provide exciting opportunities to speed up the delivery of new vaccines particularly in the response to new and emerging diseases. The paper, Applications of platform technologies in veterinary vaccinology and the benefits for one health, was […]

2022 African Swine Fever Virus Research Review

This review of the research into African swine fever and its control looks at the progress made since 2015. Since then, the disease has spread through Europe, China and other parts of Asia, and to the Dominican Republic, and research efforts to find effective control measure, including vaccines have been stepped up. The review was […]

GARA 2022 Scientific Meeting, Dominican Republic – Travel Awards announced

The GARA (Global African Swine Fever Research Alliance) 2022 Scientific Meeting will be held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on May 24-26. The scientific sessions will cover epidemiology, virology, pathogenesis, immunology, diagnostics, and vaccines, and there will be updates on African swine fever in the Dominican Republic and global situation. Early registration is until 15 […]

Highly virulent Escherichia coli causes oedema disease in wild boars

A study led by scientists from INRAE, ENVT and the Université de Toulouse, identified a bacterium potentially lethal for pigs in wild boars in France. The findings, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, show that the emergence of oedema disease in wild boars was caused by a new hybrid strain of Escherichia coli, which so far […]

STAR-IDAZ IRC State-of-the-art Report, September 2021

The annual ‘State-of the-art Report’ is now published and is available on this web-site (under Reports, IRC, here ). The report provides STAR-IDAZ IRC members, and other animal health stakeholders, with a global overview of existing initiatives to speed up research, and boost collaboration in the sector. It also provides an overview of the latest discoveries […]

OIE calls for increased surveillance of avian influenza

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is urging countries to maintain their surveillance efforts and to continue timely reporting of avian influenza, as outbreaks in poultry and wild birds intensify. Since the beginning of May 2021, outbreaks of high pathogenicity avian influenza (HPAI) have been confirmed in more than 40 countries from different regions […]

Deer may be a reservoir host for SARS-CoV-2

Following a USDA study showing that 40% of white-tailed deer in the USA had antibodies against Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), researchers tested the hypothesis that infection and subsequent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 of deer occurs in nature. In a study posted on the pre-print server bioRxiv, yet to be peer-reviewed, a total of […]

Bovine TB: genetic contact tracing could help control outbreaks

The use of genetic contact tracing to identify the source of a bovine tuberculosis (TB) outbreak could signal a new approach in managing the disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology. In response to a rise in TB rates among wildlife in the eastern part of the county of Cumbria […]