Veterinary Public Health E-Bulletin (VPH) No. 46



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 A HPAI H5N6, H7N9

Between 30 December 2015 and 2 January 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus. [...]

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) has been notified of a confirmed human case of avian influenza A (H5N6) by the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province on December 29, affecting a 26-year-old woman in Shenzhen. [...]

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is on December 26 closely monitoring a human fatal case of avian influenza A(H7N9) affecting a man aged 61 in Dongguan, Guangdong Province. [...]

AFRICA (Nigeria) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

The department of veterinary services reported a new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus in a farm in Nkanuweat, Enugu. [...]

ASIA (Iran) Foot and Mouth Disease

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus serotype A was detected among cattle in a village in Asgarlou, QOM. [...]

AFRICA (Zimbabwe) Anthrax

Bulawayo nurse is feared to have contracted anthrax following the recent outbreak of the disease in Matabeleland South where it infected 48 people and killed 55 head of cattle. [...]

NORTH AMERICA (Canada) Anthrax

Saskatchewan reports case of anthrax on a farm in rural Harris, southwest of Saskatoon. [...]

ASIA (Hong Kong) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N6

The H5N6 infected wild bird was detected during the on-going intensive surveillance system in place for wild birds, all poultry farms, poultry markets and pet bird shops in Hong Kong. [...]

ASIA (Chinese Taipei) Avian Influenza A HPAI H5N2

Abnormal mortalities were observed in five poultry farms in Changhua County and Yunlin County. Samples were sent to the National Laboratory (AHRI) for diagnosis. H5N2 subtype HPAI was confirmed by AHRI. [...]

EUROPE (France) Avian Influenza A HPAI H5N1

France reported two new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N1 in Dordogne and Lot region among birds. [...]

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)

Ebola studies pan convalescent plasma, find hope for malaria regimen

January 3, 2016. In a pair of new studies on Ebola treatment, a trial of convalescent plasma at a treatment center in Guinea didn't find a significant survival benefit, while patients at a Liberian treatment unit unexpectedly seemed to benefit from a malaria drug combo clinicians gave in response to a drug shortage. [...]

WHO steps up its role in health emergencies

The World Health Organization is on the brink of a major transformation into an agency that is fully mandated and equipped to respond to outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies. [...]

The OIE and the CIC reinforce their collaboration on animal health at the wildlife-livestock-human interface

In the context that three of the five new infectious diseases appear every year has an animal origin mostly wild life, the essential function for health, environment and biodiversity needs to be strengthened and well organised at global, national and local levels. [...]

West Africa Ends 2015 Declared Ebola-free

December 30, 2015. In December, two years after a toddler died in the forested region of Guinea, the World Health Organization declared that country free of Ebola. [...]

Appliance of science key to disaster risk reduction

December 30, 2015. Hundreds of science and technology specialists from around the globe will come together next month to harness their expertise to help reduce disaster risk. [...]

Swine flu: New strain of virus found in China has potential to transmit easily to humans

December 29, 2015. H1N1-like virus has potential to transmit efficiently to humans and cause pandemic, study warns after tests on animals in 10 provinces. [...]

Nearly 15% of American hot dogs and sausages are contaminated with products other than those listed on the ingredients, including other types of meat and human DNA, analysis of the most popular brands has discovered. [...]

Antibiotic-resistant pigs found in the UK

Pigs resistant to last-resort antibiotics, used on humans when all other medication fails, have been discovered in the UK, sparking fears of an antibiotics apocalypse [...]

US toughens ability to track mince virus outbreak

December 16, 2015. The US department that safeguards the industry and consumers from dangerous foodborne illnesses has launched a protocol to improve virus detection in a bid to protect consumers from future outbreaks. [...]

Study Reveals 'Arms Race' Between Ebola Virus and Bats

Ebola virus and bats have been waging a molecular battle for survival that may have started at least 25 million years ago, according to a study led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-Boulder) and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). [...]

Meat industry must lobby to protect interests after Paris climate change deal

December 16, 2015. The meat industry has been warned to lobby to protect its interests among governments charged with implementing the international climate change treaty agreed in Paris last weekend. [...]

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. [...]

March 17-18, 2016. One Health for the Real World: zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing Symposium [...]


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. FAOAIDEnews 84 [...]

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

4. FAO: EMPRES Watch Vol 32 April 2015: H5N1 HPAI spread in Nigeria and increased risk for neighbouring countries in West Africa [...]

5. FAO: ECTAD-RAP News May-Jun 2013 [...]

6. FAO Animal Production and Health Division e-newsletter 110 [...]

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

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

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

10. FAO Statistical Yearbook 2013 [...]

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

12. FAO ECTAD China Highlights Vol 81 October 2015 [...]

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

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

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

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

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

18. FAO: H7N9 situation update 10 November 2015 [...]

19. Anticipated Negative Responses by Students to Possible Ebola Virus Outbreak, Guangzhou, China [...]

20. Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus Infection in 2 Travelers Returning from China to Canada, January 2015 [...]

21. Avian Influenza of high pathogenicity (H5N1, H5N2, and H5N9) in poultry in France [...]

22. Co-circulation of three camel coronavirus species and recombination of MERS-CoVs in Saudi Arabia [...]

23. Dogs and Opossums Positive for Vaccinia Virus during Outbreak Affecting Cattle and Humans, Paulo State, Brazil [...]

24. Early clinical sequelae of Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone: a cross-sectional study [...]

25. Ebola in graphics: The toll of a tragedy [...]

26. Hemagglutinin Gene Clade 3C.2a Influenza A(H3N2) Viruses, Alachua County, Florida, USA, 2014 [...]

27. Increases in absenteeism among health care workers in Hong Kong during influenza epidemics, 2004 - 2009 [...]

28. Monitoring chicken flock behaviour provides early warning of infection by human pathogen Campylobacter [...]

29. Prevalence, genetics, and transmissibility in ferrets of Eurasian avian-like H1N1 swine influenza viruses [...]

30. Quantifying Poverty as a Driver of Ebola Transmission [...]

31. Recurrence and reinfection a new paradigm for management of Ebola virus disease (EVD) [...]

32. Reducing the land use of EU pork production: where there is swill, there is a way [...]

33. Rift Valley Fever Virus among Wild Ruminants, Etosha National Park, Namibia, 2011 [...]

34. Schistosomiasis in school-age children in Burkina Faso after a decade of preventive chemotherapy [...]

35. The European Union summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses, zoonotic agents and food-borne outbreaks in 2014 [...]

36. The Geopolitics of Disease [...]

37. WHO: Ebola data and statistics 06 January 2016 [...]

38. 2015 in Review: Animal Antibiotics [...]


Register for Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations 2016: The professional development course runs March 12-19 and begins in Paris at the World Organization for Animal Health, continues to Geneva for the World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Committee meeting, and concludes in Rome at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Learn more about the program. at:[...]

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 [...]


OIE Sub Regional Representative for the Americas, City of Panama, Republic of Panama, closing date: January 31, 2016 [...]

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



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This e-bulletin is published and circulated regularly to members of the global VPH network by FAO's VPH unit. The VPH-related topics covered include, news and updates, events, publications, and training, education and employment opportunities have been compiled from FAO, other organisations and institutions, and other sources. The aim of the bulletin is to provide readers with up to date information on zoonotic disease and food/feed safety events and developments. The bulletin is also a tool for members of the VPH network to share information and participate in online discussions.


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