Veterinary Public Health E-Bulletin (VPH) No. 52 PDF Print E-mail

BULLETIN NUMBER: N. 52

 

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.


NEWS

AFRICA (Guinea) Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

In a new development, Guinea's government, just hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the end of transmission in Sierra Leone confirmed two new Ebola illnesses. [...]

ASIA (China) Human Avian Influenza A HPAI H7N9

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) on March 16 received notification of two additional human cases of avian influenza A (H7N9) between March 10 and 16 from the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province. [...]

Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission briefed on March 11 about a H7N9 virus confirmed case who was visiting Shanghai from Huainan city of Anhui Province. [...]

ASIA (China) Human Avian Influenza A HPAI H5N6

The National Health and Family Planning Commission notified the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) of an additional human case of avian influenza A (H5N6) in Guangdong on March 15. [...]

AFRICA (Uganda) Rift Valley Fever

Two Cases of Rift Valley Fever Confirmed in Kabale District, One of them was from the Northern Division of Kabale Municipality and another from the sub county of Kamuganguzi. [...]


EUROPE (Austria) Bovine tuberculosis

Several cases of bovine tuberculosis have been detected in 9 farms in the Austrian Vorarlberg region where the remaining 24 farms were in contact with the infected animals. [...]

AFRICA (Ghana) Human Anthrax

Two people have died, while three others are in hospital after consuming the meat from animals suspected to have been infected with Anthrax disease at Widnaba, in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region. [...]

AFRICA (South Africa) Avian Influenza A LPAI H5N2

South Africa reported continuing outbreaks of low pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N2 among domestic ducks and commercial farms in farms in Eastern and Western Cape Provinces. [...]

EUROPE (France) Avian Influenza A HPAI H5

In the framework of the programmed surveillance samples were taken in a holding with 800 breeding ducks and The National Reference laboratory confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5 virus without prcising the N type. [...]

AFRICA (Nigeria) Avian Influenza A HPAI H5N1

Nigeria reported 14 new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza during the first week of March 2016 in Kano, Kaduna and Plateau regions. [...]

ASIA (China) Avian Influenza A HPAI H5N6

A continuing outbreak of H5N1 was reported from a bird farm in Jiangxi. [...]

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)

SOUTH AMERICA (Bolivia) Rabies

In Moxuma, municipality of Soracachi, Oruro department, a new case of rabies in a South American camelid (SAC) was confirmed after samples were sent to National Institute of Health Laboratories (INLASA). [...]

ASIA (India) Anthrax

Anthrax has claimed at least four lives in the last seven days in Jamuguda village under Kashipur block of the district. [...]

AFRICA (Liberia) Ebola Virus Disease

A second case of Ebola has been confirmed in Liberia months after the country had been declared free from transmissions, health officials said Sunday. [...] [...]

ASIA (Indonesia) Avian Influenza A HPAI H5N1

Bird flu has struck the Sidenreng Rappang regency, South Sulawesi and as of yesterday, the avian flu virus is reported to have killed about 11, 000 birds, mostly ducks. [...]


EUROPE (Ukraine) Anthrax
A 2-week quarantine is announced in the Chuguev district of Kharkiv oblast [region]. The reason for the quarantine is the discovery of anthrax in the pig meat, which was raised by a local farmer. [...]

ASIA (Nepal) Tuberculosis

Researchers at a wildlife conservation preserve in Nepal's Chitwan National Park have announced the 1st confirmed case of tuberculosis (TB) in a young female Asian one-horned rhino. [...]

ASIA (South Korea) Avian Influenza A HPAI H5N8

South Korea has detected bird flu in ducks on a poultry farm near Seoul, an agriculture ministry official told Reuters today. [...]

AFRICA (Nigeria) Avian Influenza A HPAI H5N1

Nigeria continues to report more outbreaks from the Plateau region among birds in the backyard as well as farms. [...]

AFRICA (Uganda) Rift valley Fever

A goat on a farm in Kashenyi village, Kicumbi parish, Kamuganguzi subcounty, showed clinical signs of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) and PCR confirmed presence of RVF virus. [...]

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)

ASIA (Chinese Taipei) Avian Influenza A HPAI H5N2

Abnormal mortality observed in three poultry farms in Yunlin County and Chiayi County have been confirmed as highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 subtype by AHRI. [...]

ASIA (Chinese Taipei) Avian Influenza A HPAI H5N8

Suspicious signs were observed in poultry carcasses during postmortem inspection in one abattoir in Kaohsiung City and samples confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 and H5N2 subtypes by the AHRI. [...]

NORTH AMERICA (USA) Avian Malaria

Researchers are worried about the effects of global warming after a loon in Umbagog Lake Maine, tested positive for avian malaria. [...]

AFRICA (Tanzania) Human Anthrax

It is reported that Tanzanian health authorities are struggling to contain anthrax outbreak, which has already killed one person, with four others being hospitalized in the country northern region of Kilimanjaro. [...]

EUROPE (UK) Lyme Disease

New data suggests that the number of cases of Lyme disease in pets has increased by 560 per cent since 2009 in UK, with warmer winters thought to be to blame for a surge in the tick-borne infection. [...]

ASIA (India) Human Anthrax

About 20 tribals of Kankadamaba village under Semiliguda block, Odisha have been affected by anthrax after consuming contaminated beef during a feast. [...]

ASIA (Vietnam) Avian Influenza A HPAI H5N1

Continuing reports of outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N1 are being reported from Quynh Hoa village, Nghe An region. [...]

NORTH AMERICA (Mexico) Avian Influenza A HPAI H7N3

Mexico reported 19 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza HPAI subtype H7N3 during the period of February - March 2016 among farms birds mainly and few back yard birds in Jalisco and Puebla regions. [...]

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)

Poultry vaccines nullify antibiotic need

March 18, 2016. The Ceva Poultry Vaccinology Summit in Barcelona has said vaccines, not antibiotics, are the long-term solution to the prevention of dangerous poultry diseases like avian influenza (AI). [...]

FDA releases final rule to ensure food safety during transport

April 5, 2016. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized a new food safety rule under the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent food contamination during transportation. [...]

USDA plans to tighten organic meat policy

April 11, 2016. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make regulatory changes to organic meat and poultry practices, to ensure there is a national standard to which high-welfare livestock producers adhere. [...]

WHO statement on end of Ebola flare-up in Sierra Leone

March 17, 2016. WHO joins the government of Sierra Leone in marking the end of the recent flare-up of Ebola virus disease in the country after 42 days have passed representing two incubation cycles of the virus as on March 17, 2016. [...]

Tuberculosis poses new threat for Africa's wildlife, even as humans continue to battle the disease

March 17, 2016. Researchers have identified TB in 24 animal species, from mongooses to elephants, but this was the first time that tuberculosis in African wild dogs had been documented. [...]

Global strategic framework for the elimination of dog-mediated human rabies

March 16, 2016. In accordance with the consensus of the Global Conference held in Geneva on 10-11 December 2015, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are releasing their global framework for the elimination of dog-mediated human rabies, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and with the support of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC). [...]

New deliveries of rabies vaccines through the OIE regional vaccine bank in Tunisia, The Philippines and Indonesia

March 15, 2016. The OIE regional vaccine banks recently enabled the procurement and delivery of canine rabies vaccines to Indonesia, with the support of the Australian Government, The Philippines, with purchases made by the World Health Organization (WHO), and Tunisia with funding from the European Union to support the implementation of national dog vaccination campaigns against rabies in at risk areas. [...]

Launch of 2016 OIE Photo Competition

The theme for the 2016 competition is Animal welfare, beyond the clic in the context of growing awareness and demand for animal welfare. [...]

Adjuvanted anthrax vaccine produces high immune response in 2 doses

A study of the adjuvanted anthrax vaccine AV7909 (also known as NuThrax) found that all dose schedules evaluated resulted in higher immune responses compared to the currently recommended vaccine regimen, according to findings published Mar 12 in Vaccine. [...]

GLEAM-i: a tool to support countries tackling climate change through livestock

FAO estimates that livestock are responsible for 14 per cent (about 7 gigatonnes of CO2) of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and that the potential to reduce the sector emissions reaches 30 per cent. [...]

WHO and UNISDR issue appeal on health at Sendai Framework conference

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Health Organization today issued an appeal for national disaster management agencies to develop their preparedness and response capacities to include health emergencies alongside earthquakes, floods and storms as a top priority. [...]

Particulate vaccine delivery systems may help protect against infectious disease outbreaks and bioterror threats

April 5, 2016. A new review summarizes the current status of research efforts to develop particulate vaccine delivery systems against bioterrorism agents and emerging infectious pathogens. [...]

NTU scientists discover way to improve effectiveness of antibiotics

April 1, 2016. Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have discovered that antibiotics can continue to be effective if bacteria's cell-to-cell communication and ability to latch on to each other are disrupted. [...]

US invests in nanotechnology for food safety

April 1, 2016. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to pump millions into researching ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety. [...]

Expert panel urges no letup on Ebola vaccine progress

March 31, 2016. A report today by the Ebola Vaccine Team B comes a little over a year after its first report, which detailed desirable qualities to seek in as-yet undeveloped vaccines and included a host of recommendations for quickly responding to the then-accelerating crisis. [...]

New Project Agreement Signed to Prevent and Control Emerging Pandemic Threats in Indonesia

A new project agreement was signed between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations [FAO] and the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health Services, Ministry of Agriculture, establishing the basis for the FAO Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases [ECTAD] to support the Government of Indonesia to better prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats on February 26th[...]

Emergency Response to Ebola Flare-up is Underway in Liberia

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health teams in Liberia and Guinea are investigating the origins of transmission in Liberia latest flare-up after learning that a woman who died from Ebola in Liberia last week had recently traveled from Guinea with her three young children. [...]

Egypt moves forward with MERS-CoV surveillance in camels

April 7, 2016. Egypt is ready to begin longitudinal studies of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome caused by Corona virus (MERS-CoV) in camel populations as part of Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 (EPT-2), a programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). [...]

Research Request for Proposal

The National Pork Boards (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. [...]


EVENTS

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

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 [...]

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


PUBLICATIONS

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 AIDE news 84 [...]

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

4. FAO: EMPRES Watch Vol 34 December 2015 [...]

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 85 February 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. FAO: H7N9 situation update [...]

20. Campylobacter jejuni Infections Associated with Raw Milk Consumption Utah, 2014 [...]

21. Ebola virus persistence in semen of male survivors [...]

22. Effective Chemical Inactivation of Ebola Virus [...]

23. Surveillance for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus in Wild Birds during Outbreaks in Domestic Poultry, Minnesota, 2015 [...]

24. Transmission dynamics of Ebola virus disease and intervention effectiveness in Sierra Leone [...]

25. FAO: Biosecurity Guide for Live Poultry Markets [...]

26. Determinants and Drivers of Infectious Disease Threat Events in Europe [...]

27. Difficulties in Schistosomiasis Assessment, Corsica, France [...]

28. Molecular Typing and Epidemiology of Human Listeriosis Cases, Denmark, 2002 - 2012 [...]

29. Nosocomial Co-Transmission of Avian Influenza A (H7N9) and A (H1N1)pdm09 Viruses between 2 Patients with Hematologic Disorders [...]

30. One Health: People, Animals, and the Environment [...]

31. WHO: Ebola Situation Report 16 March 2016 [...]

32. WHO: Zoonotic influenza viruses: antigenic and genetic characteristics and development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness [...]


TRAINING

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 [...]


EMPLOYMENT

FAO: Chief Technical Advisor (Livestock Development) Myanmar; closing date: 22April, 2016 [...]

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

 

 

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