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E. coli O157: study of super-shedding from cattle

Food Standards Scotland and the Food Standards Agency have published the report of a four year research project investigating Escherichia coli O157 high level excretion (super-shedding) from cattle in Great Britain and the threat this poses to human health. The research, undertaken by a consortium of scientists led by The Roslin Institute, the Moredun Research […]

Animal movements have played a critical role in the spread of MRSA in Danish pigs

Pig movements have facilitated the spread of a few MRSA lineages highly adapted to the selection pressures exerted by antimicrobial use in pigs In a study published in mBio, Danish and U.S. researchers have shown that the rapid spread of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus clonal complex 398 (LA-MRSA CC398) is due to the expansion of […]

EFSA assesses strategies for eliminating lumpy skin disease

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has assessed the most effective strategies for eliminating lumpy skin disease (LSD) now that the outbreaks in south-eastern Europe have been contained. A report published in the EFSA Journal gives advice on the ideal duration of vaccination programmes to eliminate the disease, and looks at the probability that the […]

Lactic acid bacteria from badgers display inhibitory activity to BCG

The use of the human tuberculosis vaccine, Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), in badgers has been suggested as a humane and long-term solution to reduce tuberculosis transmission from badgers to cattle. However, experimental studies show variable protection. Among the possibilities for this variation is that the resident gut bacteria may influence the success of oral vaccination in […]

Consortium to tackle African swine fever and lumpy skin disease

An international partnership of organisations is working together to control the growing African swine fever (ASF) and lumpy skin disease (LSD) epidemics in Europe and neighbouring countries. The need for a collaborative approach to tackle ASF and LSD has been recognised by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme, which has awarded €5.6 million in funding […]

Are best practice principles of worm control being deployed at farm level?

Because of the increasing prevalence of drug resistant parasites, more sustainable approaches to worm control need to be deployed on farms to protect anthelmintic efficacy. These ‘best practice’ approaches include the appropriate application of dewormers and the use of evidence-based protocols involving diagnostics, to inform the need for anthelmintic treatments, alongside management practices designed to […]

Cost and scale of field trials for bovine TB vaccine may make them unfeasible

Field trials for a vaccine to protect cattle against bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB) would need to involve 500 herds – potentially as many as 75,000-100,000 cattle – to demonstrate cost effectiveness for farmers, concludes a study published in eLife. Instead, the researchers suggest that the scale and cost of estimating the effect of a vaccine […]

European Animal Health Strategic Research Agenda: 2017 update

Europe’s veterinary public health systems are confronted with growing political, economic, sociological, technological and environmental changes and challenges. A priority-focused strategy is urgently needed to best utilize the limited resources invested into animal health research for safeguarding and improving animal health for present and future generations. A foresight study was carried out as part of […]

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 […]

VetBioNet First Newsletter

The first newsletter from VetBioNet is now available  and the newsletter can be downloaded here. VetBioNet is the  EU-funded ‘Veterinary Biocontained facility Network for excellence in animal infectiology research and experimentation’, an infrastructure project to establish a comprehensive network of  high-containment (BSL3) research facilities, academic institutes, international organisations and industry partners. More information on VetBioNet can […]