Veterinary Public Health E-Bulletin (VPH) No. 53 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 H5N6

China has detected another case of H5N6 avian flu, in a 35-year-old man from Hubei province who is hospitalized in critical condition, according to a statement today from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP). [...]

ASIA (China) Human Avian Influenza HPAI H7N9

Department of Health (DH) is investigating the third imported human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) infection in Hong Kong this year affecting an 80-year-old man. [...]

ASIA (Lebanon) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza was reported from a farm in Nabichit Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. [...]

ASIA (Fiji) Leptospirosis

The Fiji Ministry of Health recently reported 61 cases of the severe bacterial infection, leptospirosis, since the beginning of the year, according to a local media report. [...]

ASIA (Vietnam) Avian Influenza A HPAI H5N1

Vietnam reported a continuing outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza among backyard poultry in Truong Long, Can Tho. [...]

ASIA (Iraq) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

Iraq reported seven outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks among backyard and farm birds in five different regions. [...]

AFRICA (Ghana) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

Two outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 were reported from Eastern and Western regions of Ghana among layer birds. [...]

NORTH AMERICA (Mexico) Avian Influenza HPAI H7N3

An infected farm of 500 broilers and a backyard were identified in the municipality of Tepanco de Lopez, Puebla, an infected farm of 10.000 heavy breeders was notified in the municipality of Nogales, and a positive backyard was detected in the municipality of Jalacingo within the framework of the active surveillance. [...]

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)

Gauging threat of ag-related resistant bacteria poses huge challenge

April 27, 2016.The role of agriculture as a source of antimicrobial resistant bacteria (ARB) that may pose a threat to humans is so complex and dimly understood that a reliable risk analysis is nearly impossible right now, according to a recent report in mBio. [...]

Revolutionary antibiotics may save the world

April 26, 2016. An international team including the Lomonosov Moscow State University researchers discovered which enzyme enables Escherichia coli bacterium (E. coli) to breathe. The study is published in Scientific Reports. [...]

Bird genomes contain 'fossils' of parasites that now infect humans

April 21, 2016. An international research team led from Uppsala University has discovered a new type of so-called transposable element that occurred in the genomes of certain birds and nematodes. [...]

Newly identified host defense mechanism protects cells from viral infection

April 21, 2016. A new study to understand why viral particles tend to accumulate in a specific location around a cell's nucleus in the first several hours after viral infection has shown this phenomenon to be a novel defense mechanism used by cells to block nuclear entry and limit the infection. [...]

Clinical trial for experimental Ebola drug publishes results

April 20, 2016. Using a novel approach designed to get rapid indications of a drug's effectiveness, the new trial by Wellcome Trust showed that at the dose given the drug did not improve survival compared to historic controls. [...]

Guinea: One Known Ebola Case Left in Guinea

April 20, 2016. There are indications from Guinea that a dedicated Ebola clinic was treating the country's only known case of the virus after the recovery of a girl diagnosed with the disease, the charity running the facility said. [...]

New Kid on the Block: H7N9 Set to Become Deadliest Avian Influenza Virus in People

April 15, 2016. A new avian influenza virus now rivals H5N1 as a candidate for the potential cause of a human pandemic one day. [...]

Looking, hopefully, towards an Ebola-free future

April 2016. WHO, partners and affected countries are stepping up planning for how to use an Ebola vaccine in response to an outbreak. [...]


Improving Livelihoods through the control of animal diseases

April 2016. EU and FAO launch initiative to assist 300 000 Zimbabwean smallholder livestock farmers. [...]

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. A review of the role of training in WHO Ebola emergency response [...]

21. Characterization of Antimicrobial Resistance of Listeria monocytogenes Strains Isolated from a Pork 22. Processing Plant and Its Respective Meat Markets in Southern China [...]

22. Characterization of Virulence-Associated Genes, Antimicrobial Resistance Genes, and Class 1 Integrons in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium Isolates from Chicken Meat and Humans in Egypt [...]

23. Mapping the Distribution of Anthrax in Mainland China, 2005 2013 [...]

24. Novel Highly Pathogenic Avian A(H5N2) and A(H5N8) Influenza Viruses of Clade from North America

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

26. Have Limited Capacity for Replication and Transmission in Mammals [...]


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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