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Highly pathogenic avian influenza: 2021-2022 epidemic is the largest ever observed in Europe

An unprecedented number of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus detections were reported in wild and domestic birds from June to September in Europe, according to the latest overview by the European Food Safety Authority, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the EU reference laboratory. Between 11 June and 9 September 2022, […]

Study indicates bovine coronavirus is highly prevalent on European dairy farms

MSD Animal Health has announced preliminary results of a field study evaluating the prevalence of bovine coronavirus (BCoV) in European dairy production. The findings, presented at the World Buiatrics Congress in Madrid on 5 September 2022, suggest that BCoV is commonly present in both the respiratory and enteric pathways in the dairy cattle population in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Symposium: Filling the knowledge gaps in animal disease control, 20 October 2021

A symposium organised by DISCONTOOLS in collaboration with STAR-IDAZ IRC, and hosted by AnimalhealthEurope will be held on the 20 October 2021. This will be a ‘face-to-face’ meeting held in Brussels rather than a virtual meeting that we have become used to. The symposium will draw on the DISCONTOOLS and STAR-IDAZ IRC initiatives to identify […]

Role of the stable fly as a vector of pig pathogens

A Vetmeduni Vienna study investigated stable flies (Stomoxys calcitrans) from Austrian pig farms for the presence of defined swine pathogens. The findings are published in Microorganisms. The blood-sucking insect is frequently found on farms and has direct and indirect influences on animal health. Direct influences can include restlessness, pain due to biting, stress, loss of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bluetongue virus strain and origin in 2016 Cyprus outbreak determined

In September 2016, suspected cases of bluetongue in sheep were simultaneously reported in three different locations in Cyprus. Scientists at the European Union Reference Laboratory for Bluetongue (EURL-BT) at The Pirbright Institute confirmed that BTV-8 was present in all samples submitted by the National Reference Laboratory in Nicosia, Cyprus. This was the first time that […]