Veterinary Public Health E-Bulletin (VPH) No. 54 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

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 (India) Cutaneous Anthrax

Nineteen more cases of suspected cutaneous anthrax were reported from the Visakha Agency, six from Vennelakota and 13 from Goyyagoti villages. [...]


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, Tib, 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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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 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 [...]


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

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


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

23. 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 [...]

24. 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. [...]

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 [...]


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

FAO: Chair, Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (The Global Agenda); Home based with international travel; closing date 30 April 2016 [...]

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



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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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