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New Zoetis-Colorado State University joint laboratory

Zoetis, and Colorado State University (CSU) are establishing a research laboratory to explore the livestock immune system and target new immunotherapies – paving the way for new alternatives to antibiotics in food animals. The new 3,000-square-foot Zoetis Incubator Research Lab will operate at the Research Innovation Center on CSU’s Foothills Campus, Fort Collins, starting in […]

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 […]

Preclinical transmission of Foot-and-mouth disease virus studied in pigs

Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) spreads much more aggressively in pigs than previous research suggests, according to a study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. The study, published in Scientific Reports, shows that pigs infected with FMDV were highly contagious to other pigs just 24 hours after infection – long before showing any clinical signs […]

Pathogenic Leptospira strains identified in Uruguay cattle

Leptospirosis is a neglected zoonosis with worldwide distribution. Among many other mammalian species, Leptospira infects cattle, eliciting acute signs in calves, and chronic disease in adult animals often leading to abortions. In South America, beef and dairy export are leading sources of national income. Despite the importance of bovine health, food safety, and bovine-related dissemination […]

Vampire bats carry Bartonella at high rates

Bartonella are globally distributed bacteria that can cause endocarditis in humans and domestic animals. In Latin America, common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) are frequently infected by Bartonella, and their subsistence on blood creates a risk for bacterial transmission from bats to humans and livestock. A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases by Daniel Becker […]

White-tailed deer are susceptible to Rift Valley fever virus

Although Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) has not reached the United States, a study by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Kansas State University (KSU) shows that white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are highly susceptible to the virus and could serve as a host. Rift Valley fever causes significant economic losses due to death and abortion […]

Existing Initiatives in Working Group Fields

A new report mapping current initiatives in the fields of the IRC priority topics has just been published by the Secretariat to the IRC. Initiatives in this case refer to existing research networks/alliances which enables research teams to successfully work together and facilitate communication/collaboration/sharing reagents and resources. The aim was to gather and compile documents […]

GFRA Newsletter May 2016

Download the latest newsletter from the GFRA – Global Foot and Mouth Disease Research Alliance.

Launch of the STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium (IRC) on Animal Health

Animal diseases can cause serious social, economic and environmental damage, impact on animal welfare and in some cases directly threaten human health. These diseases ignore borders. Livestock provides one third of human protein intake so working together to develop new control methods for the disease problems that are common to countries around the world is […]