Veterinary Public Health E-Bulletin (VPH) No. 59 PDF Print E-mail



Veterinary Public Health (VPH) is defined as The contributions to the physical, mental and social well-being of humans through an understanding and application of veterinary science [WHO/FAO/OIE definition 1999]. Human health, animal husbandry and animal health are closely connected and VPH is a fundamental part of public health whereby human health and well-being are the main objectives. VPH is multidisciplinary and contributes to many areas of public health that are not always related to animals. In order to integrate veterinary public health into the goals of public health, it is essential to improve collaboration between human and veterinary medical science, environmental science and other related fields - in accordance with "One Health" principles.


ASIA (China) Human Avian Influenza HPAI H7N9

One patient has died of H7N9 bird flu in northeast China's Liaoning Province, local health authorities said on Tuesday. [...]

AFRICA (Ghana) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

Two outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N1 were reported from farms in Greater Accra and Central regions of Ghana. [...]

NORTH AMERICA (Canada) Avian Influenza LPAI H5N2

A duck farm near St. Catharines, Ontario has been quarantined after a case of avian flu was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. [...]

ASIA (China) Streptococcus suis infection

On 28 Jun 2016, the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) recorded a case of Streptococcus suis infection affecting a 55-year-old man with good past health. [...]

To view reported cases of animal diseases visit the EMPRES-I website

EMPRES-i compiles animal disease events, outbreak and surveillance data (including zoonoses) from numerous sources (e.g. FAO representations, FAO reports, Technical projects, OIE reports, official governments, Regional Organizations, FAO Reference Centres and laboratories) for supporting analytic and risk assessments on threats of animal origin including emergent zoonoses.

FAO also verifies disease events from additional sources including country or regional project reports, technical reports, scientific articles, partner Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), cooperating institutions, public domain sites, media search engines and web-based animal and human health surveillance systems (e.g. GPHIN, PROMED, Health Map)

FAO passes salmonella rule to create global meat standards

July 7, 2016. New guidelines have been adopted for the control of non-typhoidal salmonella in beef and pork at the Codex Alimentarius Commission. [...]

AFRICA (Kenya) Human Anthrax

At least 70 people have contracted anthrax at Lenginet village, Rongai Sub-county, Nakuru County after eating the carcass of a cow. [...]

NORTH AMERICA (USA) Swine Influenza H1N2v

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received reports of two human infections with novel influenza A viruses recently, one in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota. [...]

EUROPE (Kazakhstan) Anthrax

An outbreak of anthrax was reported from a farm of cattle and equines in Kalbatau, East Kazakhstan. [...]

ASIA (Vietnam) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N6

Vietnam reported the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N6 among backyard birds in Trung Son, Quang Ngai. [...]

AFRICA (Nigeria) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

Outbreaks continue to be reported from Nigeria, with the latest outbreak reported from a poultry farm in Olorunda, Lagos. [...]

AFRICA (Ghana) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

Ghana reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N1 in a farm in Amadom Adankwame, Ashanti region. [...]

ASIA (China) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

China notified the detection of H5N1 in African lions kept at a zoo in the Hubei province city of Ezhou. [...]

Food safety body weighs in on meat spoilage

June 30, 2016. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has updated its advice on meat spoilage during storage and transport, following a request from the European Commission. [...]

Scientists find defence for deadly pathogen

June 29, 2016. Academics at the University of Nevada in the US have reduced salmonella in meat products by up to 90% after research into new pathogen prevention systems. [...]

HPAI A(H5N1) clade in West Africa

July 8, 2016. CDC's EID Journal that confirms earlier reports that it is clade of the H5N1 virus that re-emerged in West Africa in 2014, and not a resurgence of the the clade 2.2 virus that circulated there in the second half of the last decade.   [...]

Liberia: Ebola Virus Still Visible Among Male Survivors - Study Reveals

July 8, 2016. Giving an update on the history of the Ebola Virus Study at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing on Thursday, the principal Investigator of the Ebola Nature History Study, said because of the persistence of the virus in men who have survived Ebola, they were able to discover a new infection that has never been noticed since the launch of the study. [...]

Liberia: Gs-5734 Drug Could Prove Helpful for Ebola Survivors

July 8, 2016. According to the PREVAIL IV study was developed. According to her, the study is particularly designed to find out if an investigational drug called GS-5734 can safely get rid of or reduce the amount of Ebola virus that may persist in the semen of some male Ebola survivors. [...]

Virus Genes: A Novel Reassortant H2N8 In China

July 7, 2016. A novel avian-origin reassortant H2N3 influenza virus was detected in a live poultry market. [...]

Influenza-neutralizing antibodies generated in human subjects given experimental vaccine

July 7, 2016. James Crowe of Vanderbilt University and colleagues describe the isolation and characterization of monoclonal antibodies with H3N2v-neutralizing capacity from human subjects given an H3N2v candidate vaccine. [...]

Researchers in Belgium identify novel colistin-resistance gene

July 7, 2016. A team of researchers in Belgium is reporting the discovery of a new gene distinct from MCR-1 that can confer colistin resistance in Escherichia coli samples taken from cows and pigs. [...]

Why Congress Zika impasse could awaken Ebola menace
July 7, 2016. Emergency funds to fight that deadly virus may run out in October because they were poached to fight Zika until Congress agreed on a plan to battle the new, mosquito-borne epidemic. [...]

How the bacterial protective shell is adapted to challenging environments

July 7, 2016. A new study reveals novel bacterial defense mechanisms against the immune system and how they can become resistant to antibiotics. [...]

Blood test shown to distinguish between viral, bacterial infections

July 6, 2016. A team of researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has developed a blood test that could one day enable doctors to quickly determine whether an infection has been caused by a bacterium or a virus [...]

University of Utah spin-off awarded grant to develop new antibiotics

July 6, 2016. Curza Global, LLC a company based on technology developed at the University of Utah, has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant of $598, 770 entitled "Natural product-inspired antibacterials with unique ribosomal binding" that will provide two years of support. [...]

New angle for countering severe bacterial infections, sepsis

July 6, 2016. Researchers describe new potential avenues for controlling both sepsis and the runaway bacterial infections that provoke it. [...]

Reduced Antibiotic Use Does Not Cause More Complications

July 6, 2016. Reduced intake of antibiotics for respiratory tract infections doesn't cause increased risks of serious complications, a new study has found. [...]

An enzyme in a bacteria discovered, could lead to the development of new antibiotics

July 4, 2016. Scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Newcastle discovered an enzyme in a bacterium called Verrucosispora maris that lives at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean that could lead to the development of novel antibiotics and other medical treatments. [...]

WHO, governments and health agencies commit to advancing global health security

June 30, 2016. The World Health Organization (WHO), governments, financial institutions, development partners, and health agencies from across the world have committed to accelerate strengthening and implementation of capacities required to cope with disease outbreaks and other health emergencies. [...]

WHO, governments and health agencies commit to advancing global health security

June 30, 2016. The World Health Organization (WHO), governments, financial institutions, development partners, and health agencies from across the world have committed to accelerate strengthening and implementation of capacities required to cope with disease outbreaks and other health emergencies. [...]

U.S. needs greater preparation for severe public health threats

June 30, 2016. In a report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an independent panel formed to review the department response to Ebola made several recommendations on how the national federal public health system should strengthen its response to major public health threats. [...]

FDA clears test for genetic markers of antibiotic resistance

June 30, 2016. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved a new test that will enable hospitals to quickly identify bacteria that are resistant to the strongest class of antibiotics. [...]

Scientists fear seagulls carrying MCR-1 Gene will worsen threat of drug-resistant superbugs

U.S. needs greater preparation for severe public health threats

June 30, 2016. The authors of a new study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy have found a highly drug-resistant form of Escherichia coli in bird droppings they sampled in Lithuania and Argentina. [...]

One Health/EcoHealth Workshop Survey

One Health/EcoHealth are looking for experts working on or interested in human health interlinkages with nature and the environment (science, policy, practice, from all regions in the world) to complete their survey giving their views on the One Health ambition. [...]

Call for Workshop Proposals

Call for Workshop proposals for this year Annual Scientific Conference that will be held in Uppsala from 26-28. September 2016. The 2 Workshops to be selected will be included in the Programme on 27 of September 2016. [...]

Research  Request for Proposal

The National Pork Board (NPB) Swine Health Committee and Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Disease (CEEZAD) are soliciting research proposals dealing with ˜Swine health: Foreign Animal Disease Deadline for submission: May 17, 2016. [...]

CEEZAD BSL-3 Training/Transboundary Animal Disease Summer Program

The CEEZAD BSL-3 Training/Transboundary Animal Diseases Summer Program is designed to introduce graduate, DVM and upper-level undergraduate students to high-containment training and to provide current practical and scientific information on select high consequence transboundary and zoonotic diseases. Deadline: March 18, 2016. [...]

The African Veterinary Information Portal (AfriVIP)

The African Veterinary Information Portal partners have recognised the need to share its educational knowledge and resources and research findings with veterinary and para-veterinary professionals and students and other stakeholders and to provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training opportunities [...]


June 28, 2016. 9AM 11AM - Webinar: A One Health Approach for Elimination of Taenia solium Taeniosis/Cysticercosis [...]

July 6, 2016. World Zoonoses Day

July 19-22, 2016. Food micro, Dublin, Ireland [...]

July 27-29, 2016. 2nd African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, Lagos [...]

August 24-28, 2016. Options IX for the control of influenza, Chicago, USA [...]


September 4-8, 2016. Tropical Animal Diseases and Veterinary Public Health [...]

September 12-13, 2016. 2nd International conference on Influenza, Berlin, Germany [...]

September 12-16, 2016. Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Biennial Meeting  Challenges in Disease Elimination, Cambridge [...]

October 25 - November 5, 2016. Workshop on Surveillance and Control of Rabies Pasteur Center in Cameroon “ Yaound [...]

November 3, 2016. World One Health Day

November 4-7, 2016. ISID 2016 International meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance, Vienna [...]

November 10-11, 2016. 2nd Global Conference on One Health, Kitakyushu City [...]

November 13-17, 2016. 65th Annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Atlanta, USA [...]

December 4-7, 2016. One Health EcoHealth, Melbourne, Australia [...]


1. FAO: AGA e-newsletter. To receive regular updates by email on all issues relating FAO's work on animal production and health, subscribe to the AGA e-newsletter. It contains information on upcoming events, publications, programme activities, articles and press releases [Click here to subscribe]

2. FAO: EMPRES 360 Animal Health No. 45 [...]

3. FAO: EMPRES Watch Vol 34 “ December 2015 [...]

4. FAO Animal Production and Health Division e-newsletter 123 [...]

5. FAO Animal Production and Health Report No. 9 Rift valley Fever Control [...]

6. FAO Animal Production and Health Manual 17 [...]

7. FAO focus on burden of brucellosis in endemic countries [...]

8. FAO Statistical Yearbook 2013 [...]

9. FAO ECTAD Vietnam Newsletter Sep 2014 - Feb 2015 [...]

10. FAO ECTAD China Highlights Vol 87 April 2016 [...]

11. FAO: Addressing avian influenza A (H7N9) Qualitative risk assessment update Issue no. 2 [...]

12. FAO: Global Animal Disease Intelligence Report [...]

13. FAO: Offlu Avian Influenza update June 12, 2015. [...]

14. FAO: Addressing avian influenza A (H7N9) Guidelines for risk communication messaging [...]

15. FAO: The State of Food & Agriculture 2015 [...]

16. FAO: H7N9 situation update 20 July 2016 [...]

17. An Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the Lassa Fever Zone [...]

18. Avian Influenza (bird flu) in wild birds in Russia [...]

19. CDC Response to the 2014“2016 Ebola Epidemic ” Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone [...]

20. Early Identification and Prevention of the Spread of Ebola in High-Risk African Countries [...]

21. Ebola Surveillance ” Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone [...]

22. Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bio economy [...]

23. Genetic characterization of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 viruses isolated from naturally infected pigeons in Egypt [...]

24. Identification of a Novel Plasmid-Mediated Colistin-Resistance Gene, MCR-2, in Escherichia coli Belgium, June 2016 [...]

25. Implementing an Ebola Vaccine Study” Sierra Leone [...]

26. Incident Management Systems and Building Emergency Management Capacity during the 2014“2016 Ebola Epidemic ” Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea [...]

27. Infection Prevention and Control for Ebola in Health Care Settings ” West Africa and United States [...]

28. Laboratory Response to Ebola ” West Africa and United States [...]

29. Lessons of Risk Communication and Health Promotion ” West Africa and United States [...]

30. Modeling in Real Time During the Ebola Response [...]

31. Overview, Control Strategies, and Lessons Learned in the CDC Response to the 2014 2016 Ebola Epidemic [...]

32. Recognition of influenza H3N2 variant virus by human neutralizing antibodies [...]

33. Travel and Border Health Measures to Prevent the International Spread of Ebola [...]

34. Slow response contributed to scale of west African Ebola epidemic, CDC concludes [...]

35. FAO: Eight years of immediate technical assistance activities strengthening emergency preparedness for HPAI in Viet Nam [...]

36. Evolution of 2009 H1N1 influenza viruses during the pandemic correlates with increased viral pathogenicity and transmissibility in the ferret model [...]

37. H5 Avian Influenza of high pathogenicity in wild birds in Russia [...]

38. Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme Codex Alimentarius Commission 39th Session, FAO Headquarters Rome Italy, 27 June“ 1 July 2016 Codex Work on Antimicrobial Resistance [...]

38. Kinetic Analysis of Biomarkers in a Cohort of US Patients with Ebola Virus Disease [...]

39. MCR-1  in Multidrug-Resistant and Copper-tolerant Clinically Relevant Salmonella 1, 4, [5], 12:1:- and S.rissen Clones in Portugal, 2011 to 2015 [...]

40. Origins of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic in swine in Mexico [...]

41. Report of the Independent Panel on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Ebola Response [...]


Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals

The Course offered by The Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University includes lessons, descriptions of actual disease incursions, and scenarios where participants use differentials to narrow down disease possibilities. The web-based course is offered from July 25 through end of September 2016. [...]

Center for Food Security and Public Health expands online courses on Veterinary Immunology and Vaccinology

A new introductory course,  Introduction to Principles of Veterinary Vaccinology, has been added to the courses offered by the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at the Iowa State University College of  Veterinary Medicine. [...]

2016 Veterinary Biologics Training Program

The course gives participants an overview of the scientific principles of vaccines and vaccination and of the USDA regulatory process for assuring the purity, safety, potency and efficacy of veterinary biologics at Ames, Iowa from May 16 “ 20, 2016. Registration is open until April 30, 2016. [...]

E-learning course on bioinformatics in animal viral pathogens [...]

The Vicious Worm: a cysticercosis advocacy information tool [...]

Columbia Regional Learning Center Online Courses

PREP 1101 Fundamentals of Emergency Preparedness [...]

EPI 2408 Surveillance and Forecasting of Emerging Infectious Diseases [...]

PREP 2103 The Home Health Care Workforce: Essential Community Partners in Preventing Transmission of Viral Respiratory Illness: Seasonal Influenza and Pandemic Influenza [...]

E- Learning Course on Avian Influenza The FLUTRAIN team has developed this e-learning course to support veterinary administrations in training newly recruited staff involved in avian influenza prevention, diagnosis and control activities. [...]

AgreenSkills Post-doctoral Research Fellowships

AgreenSkills and AgreenSkills are European Union co-funded fellowship programmes, accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowships from experienced young and independent postdoctoral researchers, in the fields of life, agricultural, nutrition, and environmental sciences. [...]

EpiVille, the E-learning in Epidemiology

Epiville, a learning tool developed specifically for Principles of Epidemiology (P6400), is a set of interactive web-based exercises created by faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and produced by the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning at Columbia University [...]

Cambridge online e-learning institute

Online Certificate in Animal Welfare [...]


FAO: Deputy FAO Representative, Sudan, Khartoum; closing date: 15 July 2016 [...]

FAO: Myanmar Country Programme Evaluation, home based; closing date: 29 July 2016 [...]

One Health Opportunities: Positions, Internships, Grants [...]

PANAFTOSAE: Advertisement of Vacancy Notice PAHO/16/FT417 ( Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Specialist Laboratory Management

Expertise in the area of food safety, foodborne and zoonotic diseases. Closing date 27 July 2016.

Vacancy notice:[Click Here]



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