Veterinary Public Health E-Bulletin (VPH) No. 55 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 (Bangladesh) Human Anthrax

Five more anthrax-infected patients have been identified in Koira Soratol village under Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj district, bringing the number of such patients in the village to 45 in the last two days. [...]

ASIA (China) Human Avian Influenza HPAI H7N9

On 18 April 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 17 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus, including 5 deaths. [...]

ASIA (Pakistan) Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

The Karak district health department has confirmed around 751 cases of cutaneous leishmaniosis.

NORTH AMERICA (USA) Bovine Tuberculosis

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says a medium sized beef herd has tested positive for bovine TB in Alcona County. [...]

AFRICA (Egypt) Human Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

The Ministry of Health and Population announced confirmed cases of bird flu condition and the old man Khmsinun years of Dakahlia and is still under treatment in hospital issued Mansoura.  [...]

ASIA (China) Human Avian Influenza HPAI H7N9

On 10 May 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 11 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus, including 4 deaths. [...]

ASIA (Cambodia) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

Cambodia reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza among backyard birds in Koh Reussei, Kampot region. [...]

AFRICA (Ghana)

Four new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N1 were reported from Golf City, Kpong, and Ablekuma in Greater Accra and C P Roman in Central regions. [...]


An outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N1 was reported from a commercial turkey flock in Jasper County, Missouri. [...]

ASIA (OMAN) Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever

An expatriate of Asian nationality died recently after he was afflicted with Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in the wilaiyat of Ibra in Al Sharqiyah, a senior official at Ibra Municipality told the Times of Oman. [...]

EUROPE (Italy) Avian Influenza HPAI H7N7

An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H7N7 was reported from a layer hen farm in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna. [...]

SOUTH AMERICA (Columbia) Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

According to a report by the director of the Departmental Health Institute (IDS), an outbreak of leishmaniasis [cutaneous] that has left more than 80 affected in Arboledas, then moved to Chin¡cota, Bochalema, Cucutilla, Toledo, Labateca, and other towns in the region. [...]

ASIA (China) Human Avian Influenza 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 Hunan on April 26. [...]

AFRICA (Egypt) Avian Influenza LPAI H9

Egypt has reported a case of low-pathogenic H9 avian flu in a patient from the country's Sharqia governorate, according to a post today on FluTrackers, an infectious disease message board. [...]

UN warns of growing environmental threat from animal diseases spreading to humans

May 21, 2016. A new UN report has found the most worrying environmental threats that the world is facing today that includes increase in disease and epidemics, particularly those transmitted from animals to humans (zoonosis). [...]

World Bank launches $500 million insurance fund to fight pandemics

May 21, 2016. The World Bank on Saturday said it was launching a $500 million, fast-disbursing insurance fund to combat deadly pandemics in poor countries, creating the world's first insurance market for pandemic risk. [...]

Investigation results of multistate outbreak of Salmonellosis in US

May 18, 2016. Results from the CDC investigations relating to four multistate outbreaks of human salmonellosis indicated that contact with small turtles or their environment was the likely source of these outbreaks. [...]

The OIE presents the basic principles of its strategy to fight antimicrobial resistance

At the 84th General Session of the World Assembly of National Delegates, the OIE presented to its Members, and proposed for adoption, the basic principles of its new strategy to fight antimicrobial resistance. [...]

Liberia unveils new method to monitor Ebola survivors

May 12, 2016.The Ebola Natural History Study (ENHS) in Liberia has unveiled the so-called birth cohort method to investigate whether an Ebola survivor can contract the deadly disease again. [...]

HHS sponsors point-of-care anthrax diagnostic test

May 9, 2016.The first blood test for anthrax that could show results within minutes at a doctor office or emergency room will take the final steps in development with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [...]

Thailand Health Ministry pushes for Rabies-free zones in 2020

The Ministry of Public Health is accelerating its efforts to create immunity from rabies according to the goal set with the World Health Organisation for 2020. [...]

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 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. [...]

K-State College of Vet Med, International Programs has launched a photo competition for students.

The theme is international veterinary medicine.

Students have the opportunity to win $1000 USD (first prize) or $500 USD (two runners up) for original, interesting and good quality photos. The competition is open to undergraduates, veterinary students (e.g. DVM), and postgraduates/graduates (Masters, PhD) from anywhere in the world. The webpage also provide details about the conditions and eligibility criteria.  More info:  http: [...]

Kenyan Police 'Foiled' Anthrax Attack Linked to IS Group

May 4, 2016. Kenyan police say they have foiled a terrorist plot by a group believed to have links to so-called Islamic State. [...]

Ferret survey underway in Mt Cargill to avoid TB outbreak

May 4, 2016. A ferret survey is being undertaken in the Mt Cargill area, near Dunedin, after last year's bovine Tb outbreak, when four herds of cattle and deer were identified as infected with TB. [...]

USDA offers $6 million for antimicrobial resistance research

May 3, 2016. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday announced the availability of $6 million for research on antimicrobial resistance in agriculture, including how resistance develops and spreads and how to combat it. [...]

Scientists pioneer synthetic derivatives of 'game-changing' new antibiotic, which could hold key to tackling drug resistant bacteria

April 29, 2016. Scientists at the University of Lincoln, UK, have successfully produced two synthetic derivatives of Teixobactin - the world's first known antibiotic capable of destroying 'drug resistant' bacteria. [...]

Bioinformatics specialists reveal the secret of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Researchers have built a computer model of the interaction between different bacteria, and between bacteria and the gut wall that has led them to explain how antibiotic-resistant microbes develop and spread. [...]

Award-winning mobile phone app boosts rabies-control efforts in Tanzania

A few years ago, former University of Glasgow PhD researcher Zac Mtema developed an application for rabies monitoring that could run on the most basic mobile phone handsets. [...]

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

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)

France bans foie gras for three months

May 2, 2016. The measure, which has been prompted by a bird flu scare, means breeders in 18 departments in south west France will not be allowed to have any ducks or geese in their slaughterhouses until August. [...]

K-State College of Vet Med (Photo competition for students)

International Programs has launched a The theme is an international veterinary medicine. Students have the opportunity to win $1000 USD (first prize) or $500 USD (two runners up) for original, interesting and good quality photos. The competition is open to undergraduates, veterinary students (e.g. DVM), and postgraduates/graduates (Masters, PhD) from anywhere in the world.

The webpage also provide details about the conditions and eligibility criteria.

[More info 1 ];and  [More info 2]

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. [...]


July 6, 2016. World Zoonoses Day

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. FAOAIDEnews 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 87 April 2016 [...]

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. A Critical social analysis of poverty and zoonotic disease risk [...]

21. Antibiotic stewardship programs in U.S. acute care hospitals: findings from the 2014 National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Annual Hospital Survey [...]

22. A platform for the discovery of new macrolide antibiotics [...]

23. Epidemiological and virological differences in human-clustered and sporadic infections with avian influenza A H7N9 [...]

24. Genomics reveals historic and contemporary transmission dynamics of a bacterial disease among wildlife and livestock [...]

25. Human Infection with Influenza A (H7N9) Virus during 3 Major Epidemic Waves, China, 2013 2015 [...]

26. Novel Avian Influenza A (H5N8) Viruses in Migratory Birds, China, 2013 - 2014 [...]

27. OIE Annual Report 2015 [...]

28. One Health for the Real World [...]

29. "One Health" or Three? Publication Silos Among the One Health Disciplines [...]

30. Perspectives on West Africa Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak, 2013 - 2016 [...]

31. Prevalence of brucellosis in livestock and incidences in humans in east Africa [...]

32. Rapid outbreak sequencing of Ebola virus in Sierra Leone 2 identifies transmission chains linked to sporadic cases [...]

33. Time Course of MERS-CoV Infection and Immunity in Dromedary Camels [...]

34. WHO: Influenza update 263 [...]

35. WHO: Influenza at Human-Animal Interface, Summary and Assessment 9 May 2016 [...]

36. Cell phone-sized device quickly detects the Ebola virus [...]

Ebola virus genome provides clues to repeated disease 'flare-ups' in Western Africa [...]

37.Exposure-Specific and Age-Specific Attack Rates for Ebola Virus Disease in Ebola-Affected Households, Sierra Leone [...]

38. Novel Highly Pathogenic Avian A (H5N2) and A(H5N8) Influenza Viruses of Clade from North America Have Limited Capacity for Replication and Transmission in Mammals [...]

39. The Global Framework to eliminate rabies deaths by 2030 [...]


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. [...]

RVC and EpiX one-week risk analysis course (London)

Highly recommendable as an introduction to RA and probabilistic modelling for anyone interested in epidemiology, food safety and public health. (5-9 Sep). Fee = 3, 000 USD. [More information Here]

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 [...]

RVC and EpiX risk analysis course

Highly recommendable as an introduction to RA and probabilistic modelling for anyone interested in epidemiology, food safety and public health. Fee = 3, 000 USD.London (5-9 Sep).

More information on: [...]


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

OIE: Charge de Mission, Status department; closing date: 17 June 2016 [...]

OIE: Veterinary Epidemiologist; closing date: 1st July 2016 [...]

OIE: Charge de Mission, Biological Threat Reduction; closing date: 17 June 2016 [...]

WHO: Advisor, Antimicrobial Resistance Response, Washington DC; closing date: 9 May 2016 [...]



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