Veterinary Public Health E-Bulletin (VPH) No. 56 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

Beijing reported their first case of H7N9 of the year in a 49-year-old man in Tong Zhou district. [...]

ASIA (China) Human Avian Influenza HPAI H5N6

On 30 May 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of one laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A (H5N6) virus. [...]

NORTH AMERICA (Mexico) Avian Influenza HPAI H7N3

A new outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) serotype H7N3 has been reported at a commercial layers farm in Sayula, Jalisco in Mexico. [...] [...]

EUROPE (Romania) Anthrax

Romania reported an outbreak of anthrax among cattle in Cuza Voda, Braila. [...]

AFRICA (Niger) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

Niger reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza among birds in a farm in Tillaberi region. [...]

NORTH AMERICA (Canada) Lyme disease

Two confirmed canine cases of Lyme disease have been diagnosed in 2 weeks at Fall River Veterinary Hospital (Nova Scotia), pointing to an uptick in the illness among pets. [...]

EUROPE (Netherlands) Q Fever

The official death toll of people affected by Q-Fever since the outbreak in 2007 now stands at 74, an increase of 26 since the number was last updated,  [...]

EUROPE (Netherlands) Avian Influenza LPAI H7N9

Netherlands reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza subtype H7N9 among birds in a farm in Hiaure, Friesland. [...]

AFRICA (Nigeria) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

Nigeria reported continuing outbreak of avian influenza with the latest outbreak among backyard birds in Busaru, Federal capital Territory. [...]

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)

WHO declares the end of the most recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in Liberia

The World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia. [...]

Recent research uncovers surprises about antibiotic resistance

June 7, 2016. It is thought that antibiotic resistance is associated with a fitness cost, meaning that bacteria that develop antibiotic resistance must sacrifice something in order to do so. [...]

New blood test for the detection of bovine TB

June 1, 2016. A new blood test to detect Mycobacteria in blood has been developed by a team at The University of Nottingham. [...]

DTRA awards 3.4M contract for Ebola countermeasure

The Defence Threat reduction Agency has awarded a one-year $3.4 million contract award to Southwest Research Institute and Texas Biomedical Research to test combination drug therapy against Ebola. [...]

Highly resistant MCR-1 'superbug' found in US for first time

May 26, 2016. Bacteria carrying the very worrisome MCR-1 resistance gene which makes the last-line antibiotic colistin useless against them have been found in human and animal samples for the first time in the United States, according to a report today in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and a statement by federal health officials. [...]

OIE new strategy aims to provide necessary tools to fight antimicrobial resistance more effectively

May 26, 2016. 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 [...]

WHA: Pandemic Flu Preparedness Framework Praised

May 26, 2016. Adopted five years ago, the World Health Organization Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework is currently undergoing its first review. Member states gathered in committee at the World Health Assembly yesterday mostly expressed support for the framework, and took note of a report by the WHO secretariat. [...]

Quantity of antibiotics used in livestock is vast, says report

May 24, 2016. The majority of antibiotics in the US considered medically important to humans are sold for use in agriculture, a new report into antimicrobial resistance reveals. [...]

Wildlife culling as zoonotic disease control strategy in spotlight

May 24, 2016. Australian veterinarians will today debate the culling of wildlife as a way of stemming outbreaks of the deadly Hendra virus, SARS and avian influenza. [...]

Combatting avian influenza in Viet Nam, the 8-year-long collaboration in a book

May 18, 2016. In 2004, Viet Nam poultry and human were heavily impacted by the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 outbreaks, causing more than 60 human deaths and $45 million dollars of economic loss from dead poultries at its peak moment. [...]

Synthetic macrolides show promise as antibiotics, may target resistance

May 18, 2016. Fully synthetic macrolide antibiotic candidates may help counter growing resistance to currently available treatments while allowing researchers to easily develop new drugs by varying their basic structures, according to a study today in Nature. [...]

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 Board (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 Diseases 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. [...]


June 28, 2016. 9AM - 11AM - Webinar: A One Health Approach for Elimination of Taenia solium Taeniosis/Cysticercosis [...]

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  [...]

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

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

4. FAO Animal Production and Health Division e-newsletter 123 [...]

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

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

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

8. FAO Statistical Yearbook 2013 [...]

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

10. FAO ECTAD China Highlights Vol 87 April 2016 [...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

17. FAO: H7N9 situation update [...]

18. ACIAR: Veterinary Cold Chain Manual [...]

19. A One Health Message about Bats Increases Intentions to Follow Public Health Guidance on Bat Rabies [...]

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

21. Clinical Features of and Risk Factors for Fatal Ebola Virus Disease, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone, December 2014 to February 2015 [...]

22. Oral and Conjunctival Exposure of Nonhuman Primates to Low Doses of Ebola Makona Virus [...]

23. Quantitative risk assessment of the introduction of rabies into Japan through the illegal landing of dogs from Russian fishing boats in the ports of Hokkaido, Japan [...]

24. Secondary Infections with Ebola Virus in Rural Communities, Liberia and Guinea, 2014 to 2015 [...]

25. Serological Evidence of Human Infection with Avian Influenza A H7virus in Egyptian Poultry Growers [...]

26. Tackling Drug-Resistant Infections globally: Final Report and Recommendations [...]

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

28. Treating cattle with antibiotics affects greenhouse gas emissions, and microbiota in dung and dung beetles [...]

29. Update on Bat Rabies in Alaska [...]

30. WHO: Situation Report Ebola Virus Disease 2 June 2016 [...]

31. WHO: Influenza at the human-animal interface 5 April -9 May 2016 [...]


Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals

The Course offered by The Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University includes lessons, descriptions of actual disease incursions, and scenarios where participants use differentials to narrow down disease possibilities.  The web-based course is offered from July 25 through end of September 2016. [...]

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  to 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 [...]

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 [...]



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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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