Case of FMDV in dogs after eating infected meat

A case report filed by scientists at The Pirbright Institute details the first instance of naturally acquired foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) infection in dogs. In this unusual case reported in BMC Veterinary Research, FMDV was identified in a sample of heart tissue received by Pirbright’s diagnostic laboratory, the World Reference Laboratory for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (WRLFMD). […]

Campylobacter coli and Campylobacter jejuni exchange genes

A North Carolina State University study of Campylobacter isolates from live food animals, poultry carcasses at production and retail meat has found that Campylobacter coli and Campylobacter jejuni are exchanging genetic material, which could result in more antibiotic-resistant and infectious strains. The findings are published in PLoS ONE. Both C. coli and C. jejuni are […]

Insight into how tick saliva suppresses cattle immunity

Scientists from Hokkaido University, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro have revealed that substances in tick saliva activate immune response-suppressing proteins in cattle that facilitates the transmission of tick-borne diseases. The finding, published in Scientific Reports, could help in the development of alternative control strategies. The researchers […]

Annual state-of-the-art report on animal health research on IRC priorities

The Annual state-of-the-art report on animal health research on IRC priorities, is now published on this web site. The report aims to provide STAR-IDAZ IRC Members, as well as other animal health stakeholders, with an overview of the existing opportunities for speeding up research and boosting collaboration. Also it provides an overview of the latest discoveries […]

DEFEND reports activities and progress

DEFEND project have published an update on their progress in their 5th newsletter  describing how they have managed to collaborate during the pandemic with all of the restrictions involved.  DEFEND is a consortium of 30 scientific partners from academia, industry and government working together to halt the emergence of two viral pathogens of livestock into Europe and […]

Progress towards eradication of peste des petits ruminants

Globally, the number of outbreaks of peste des petits ruminants (PPR) fell by two-thirds in recent years, raising hopes for meeting the goal of global eradication by 2030. Just over 1,200 global PPR outbreaks were recorded in 2019 compared to more than 3,500 in 2015 according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of […]

Avian influenza: genetic markers identified that could guide future surveillance

Researchers at The Pirbright Institute have identified the genetic markers on avian influenza viruses that could help the viruses to jump the species barrier and cause disease in people, in collaboration with other members of the One Health Poultry Hub. Co-investigators Professor Munir Iqbal and Dr Joshua Sealy worked with scientists at Imperial College London, […]

Babesia bovis: researchers identify potential vaccine targets

Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service-United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS) and Washington State University (WSU) have identified which genes may be critically important to the survival and spread of Babesia bovis in ticks and mammals. Their findings are published in the International Journal for Parasitology. Dr Massaro Ueti, a research veterinary medical officer at […]

Virtual Conference “Translating AMR R&D mapping into policy and action”

On 2 December 2020 the Global AMR R&D Hub held a virtual conference on the theme of Translating AMR R&D mapping into policy and action. The conference was held over three sessions that had three different focus areas. The recordings from all three sessions are now available at  along with the conference report. It highlights […]

Paraprobiotic-based treatment for control of nematodes in sheep

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service (ARS) has announced a new treatment for control of Haemonchus contortus in sheep. ARS researchers partnered with Virginia Tech and the University of Massachusetts’ Medical School to develop the treatment, described in International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance. “The H. contortus parasite has developed resistance […]