Veterinary Public Health E-Bulletin (VPH) No. 60 PDF Print E-mail

BULLETIN NUMBER: N. 60

 

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

EUROPE (Sweden) Anthrax

Samples taken from a cow that was found dead on the pasture in Vadstena was confirmed to be positive for anthrax by PCR. [...]

EUROPE (Romania) Anthrax

An outbreak of anthrax was reported from Vieriu, Giurgiu with two ovines reported dead in the field. [...]

NORTH AMERICA (USA) Trypanosomiasis

Trypanosomiasis, a protozoal infection previously seen only in Mexico, South America and Central America has been detected in a horse in Texas. [...]

ASIA (Pakistan) Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

The outbreak of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, a rising epidemic in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency has raised alarms as 193 cases of the disease have been registered recently. [...]

ASIA (Philippines) Japanese Encephalitis

The City Health Office has confirmed a case of Japanese encephalitis in Davao and warned the public of the viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes which can cause neurologic defects. [...]

NORTH AMERICA (USA) Avian Influenza LPAI H5

Low-pathogenic H5 avian influenza has been found in live-bird markets in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. [...]

ASIA (Iraq) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

On Tue 12 Jul 2016, the Wasit Provincial Council reported cases of bird flu in a number of poultry farms in the areas north of the province (city of Kut) and directed the concerned authorities to destroy more than 2.5 million chickens.[...]

EUROPE (Sweden) Anthrax

Sweden reported an outbreak of anthrax in a cattle farm where three of the animals were found dead. [...]

ASIA (Bangladesh) Anthrax

Eleven more people have been infected with anthrax in Shahzadpur upazila of Sirajganj within the last 24 hours. [...]

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 (Hong Kong) Human Avian Influenza H7N9

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) on 21 Jul 2016 received notification of 3 additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) from the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC). [...]

ASIA (Iraq) Avian Influenza HPAI H5

Eleven new outbreaks were reported from Baghdad and Wasit areas among birds in farms during the last week of June and first 2 weeks of July 2016. [...]

NORTH AMERICA (USA) Rift Valley Fever

California animal health officials have confirmed the state second equine case of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2016 in an unvaccinated yearling filly in Sacramento County. [...]

ASIA (Mongolia) Foot and Mouth Disease

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture reported an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease among cattle in a farm in Muu Khoot, Govi-Sumber. [...]

EUROPE (Romania) Anthrax

The National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority Bucharest reported the outbreak of anthrax among backyard sheep in Vieriu, Giurgiu. [...]

NORTH AMERICA (USA) Rabies

A total of 2 dogs from the Hydesville, Humboldt County, California area were attacked by foxes that subsequently tested positive for rabies. [...]

ASIA (China) Human Avian Influenza H7N9

On 12 July 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 7 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, including 4 deaths. [...]

AFRICA (Egypt) Human Avian Influenza H5N1

Egypt recently reported 3 new H5N1 avian flu cases, all in people who had been exposed to poultry or their environments, according to a monthly update from the World Health Organization (WHO) on animal-to-human flu transmission events for the middle of June through the middle of July 2016. [...]

AFRICA (Cote d' Ivoire) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa last week reported 10 outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) affecting flocks in the central, eastern, and southern parts of the country and more than 33, 000 domestic birds. [...]

ASIA (India) Anthrax

Officials of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Vellore have contained an outbreak of anthrax in a village in Ambur following the death of an animal due to anthrax last week and over 8500 livestock head in Bairapalli village have been vaccinated. [...]

ASIA (India) Rabies

A total of 33 spotted deer have died of rabies in the National Zoological Park, Delhi since January this year (2016), according to the Environment Minister. [...]

EUROPE (Sweden) Anthrax

Environment Minister Odeshong, Farm, Ostergotlands reportedan outbreak of antrax among a beef cattle herd in pasture. [...]

EURASIA (Russia) Anthrax

A 12-year-old boy has died in an anthrax outbreak in remote far northern Russia while dozens have been hospitalised on suspicion of infection, the region's governor said Monday. [...]

ASIA (Pakistan) Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic Fever

A patient at Holy Family Hospital (HFH) tested positive for Congo fever on Saturday. [...]

ASIA (Indonesia) Avian Influenza HPAI H5N1

Indonesia has detected a sharp rise in bird flu cases in July 2016 since the country's last report of an unexpected climb earlier this year, bringing the total number of the cases so far in 2016 to 188. [...]

EUROPE (Denmark) Avian Influenza LPAI H7N7

On 27 July 2016, LPAI H7N7 was detected in mallard ducklings collected in connection with the Danish surveillance programme for avian influenza. [...]

EUROPE (Israel) Camelpox

Israel reported 3 outbreaks of camel pox in backyard and farm in Tel Arad, Mulada and Kuseife regions of Hadarom region. [...]

AFRICA (Uganda) Anthrax

At least 15 cows have died of anthrax in Ngoma Sub-county in the last 2 weeks, according to the district veterinary officer and At least 15 cows have died of anthrax in Ngoma Sub-county in the last 2 weeks, according to the district veterinary officer. [...]

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)

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

FDA: Salmonella, antibiotic resistance declining in US poultry meat

July 12, 2016. Incidence of Salmonella in ground chicken and turkey meat has dropped to its lowest level since the FDA began monitoring the foodborne pathogen, according to a new report. [...]

Listeriosis from unprocessed cheese in France

July 23, 2016.  The presence of bacteria was detected after two disease returns to the retirement home of Belmont-de-la-Loire, after a festive meal on 23 June. [...]

Merck Receives Breakthrough Therapy Designation from FDA and PRIME Status from EMA for Investigational Ebola Zaire Vaccine (V920)

Merck announced two regulatory milestones for the company investigational vaccine for Ebola Zaire, V920 (live attenuated): The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the vaccine candidate Breakthrough Therapy Designation, and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted PRIME (PRIORITY MEDICINE) status. [...]

Sierra Leone News: PHNEOC calls for burial policy to be fully implemented

July 22, 2016. Emergency Operations Centre (PHNEOC) at the former Ebola office at Cockeril has called on all Sierra Leoneans to make sure that the burial policy is followed according to law, and is fully implemented so that a comprehensive death register of the country is available. [...]

No Ebola case in Liberia

July 22, 2016. The Chief Medical Officer of Liberia and Deputy Health Minister Francis Kateh has clarified that there is no other Ebola case in Liberia. [...]

Progress made on tackling livestock disease

July 21, 2016. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have made further progress on their global programme to eradicate the viral disease Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR). [...]

Talking about the One Health mission in Viet Nam with FAO experts

July 18, 2016. After responding to emergency zoonotic outbreaks, the importance of One Health Approach has been emphasized worldwide in effectively preventing and controlling these diseases. [...]

It's all in the genes: New research reveals why some chickens are resistant to bird flu

July 15, 2016. The genes of some chickens make them almost completely resistant to a serious strain of bird flu, new research has revealed. [...]

Groups report early results in animals for two candidate Ebola vaccines

July 18, 2016. Two companies recently announced promising findings from early animal studies for Ebola vaccine candidates, one of them a heat-stable subunit vaccine and the other an adjuvanted virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine. [...]

Experts call for global action plan on antimicrobial resistance

July 15, 2016. An international group of experts is calling for the United Nations (UN) to establish an action plan to ensure sustainable global access to antimicrobials while also combating resistance. [...]

Ibuprofen and toremifene inhibit Ebola virus

To find new treatments quickly, existing drugs have been screened against Ebola and researchers at the University of Oxford used X-ray crystallography to further test some of those drugs to see if any could bind to the virus directly. [...]

Sierra Leone stops mandatory testing of corpses for Ebola

July 15, 2016. Sierra Leone declared Friday that it would stop the mandatory testing of all dead bodies for the Ebola virus, lifting a restriction put in place at the end of an outbreak that claimed thousands of lives. [...]

Study shows over 20 countries remain environmentally suitable for transmission of Ebola virus

July 14, 2016. Though the West African Ebola outbreak that began in 2013 is now under control, 23 countries remain environmentally suitable for animal-to-human transmission of the Ebola virus. [...]

Ecologists identify potential new sources of Ebola and other filoviruses

July 14, 2016. An international team of ecologists has identified the bat species with the greatest potential to harbor filoviruses a family that includes Ebola virus. [...]

Japan to end mandatory testing for mad cow disease

July 14, 2016. Mandatory testing of all cattle aged over 48 months for bovine spongiform encephalopathy will cease next year, officials said Tuesday. [...]

As H5N1 spreads in West and Central Africa FAO calls for increased vigilance

July 13, 2016. Countries across West and Central Africa are on alert as the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1continues to spread across the region, with Cameroon becoming the latest African country to detect the disease. [...]

Avian influenza control zone set up in Ontario

July 13, 2016. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has established an Avian Influenza Control Zone in Ontario to control the movement of animals, products and equipment to minimise spread of the disease. [...]

World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease. [...]

Scientists discover modified human protein involved in Ebola virus replication

July 26, 2016. A newly identified requirement of a modified human protein in ebolavirus (EBOV) replication, may unlock the door for new approaches to treating Ebola. [...]

Evidence suggests migratory birds are not a reservoir for highly pathogenic flu viruses

July 25, 2016. The H5 avian influenza a virus that devastated North American poultry farms in 2014-15 was initially spread by migratory waterfowl, but evidence suggests such highly pathogenic flu viruses do not persist in wild birds. [...]

Three-drug combo may help fight antibiotic resistance

July 24, 2016. Combinations of three different antibiotics can overcome bacteria resistance to antibiotics, even when none of the three drugs on their own  or even two of the three togethe is effective, scientists have found. [...]

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 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. [...]

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 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. [...]

ANNOUNCEMENTS

One Health/EcoHealth Workshop Survey

One Health/EcoHealth are looking for experts working on or interested in human health interlinkages with nature and the environment (science, policy, practice, from all regions in the world) to complete their survey giving their views on the One Health ambition. [...]

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. [...]

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

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 [...]

September 12-16, 2016. Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Biennial Meeting Challenges in Disease Elimination, Cambridge [...]

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 [...]

November 13-17, 2016. 65th Annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Atlanta, USA [...]

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: 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 89 May 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 20 July 2016 [...]

17. FAO: Food Chain Crisis Early Warning Bulletin No 20 [...]

18. Analysis of Ebola virus polymerase domains to find strain-specific differences and to gain insight on their pathogenicity [...]

19. Impact of the Ebola outbreak on market chains and trade of agricultural products in West Africa [...]

20. Influenza A (H10N7) Virus Causes Respiratory Tract Disease in Harbor Seals and Ferrets [...]

21. Prevalence of mcr-1 in E. coli from Livestock and Food in Germany, 2010 - 2015 [...]

22. The enigma of the apparent disappearance of Eurasian highly pathogenic H5 clade 2.3.4.4 influenza A viruses in North American waterfowl [...]

23. Ebola Infection May Provide Partial Immunity to Other Filoviruses [...]

24. Ebola Virus Shedding and Transmission: Review of Current Evidence [...]

25. Human survivors of disease outbreaks caused by Ebola or Marburg viruses exhibit 2 cross-reactive and long-lived antibody responses [...]

26. Human Tick-Borne Encephalitis and Characterization of Virus from Biting Tick [...]

27. Importation of Hybrid Human-Associated Trypanosoma cruzi Strains of Southern South American Origin, Colombia [...]

28. Infected kidneys suspected in rabies deaths of transplant patients in China [...]

29. Influenza A(H7N7) Virus among Poultry Workers, Italy, 2013 [...]

30. Influenza D Virus Infection in Herd of Cattle, Japan [...]

31. Novel Reassortant Avian Influenza A(H5N6) Viruses in Humans, Guangdong, China, 2015 [...]

32. Prevalence of mcr-1 in E. coli from Livestock and Food in Germany, 2010 – 2015

33. Priming Vaccination with H5 Hemagglutinin Antigen Significantly Increases the Duration of T cell Responses Induced by a Heterologous H5 Booster Vaccination [...]

34. Seroconversions for Coxiella and Rickettsial Pathogens among US Marines Deployed to Afghanistan, 20010 - 2010 [...]

35. Tackling NTDs in the Wake of Ebola [...]

36. The enigma of the apparent disappearance of Eurasian highly pathogenic H5 clade 2.3.4.4 influenza A viruses in North American waterfowl [...]

37. World Health Organization Ranking of Antimicrobials According to their Importance in Human Medicine: A critical step for developing risk management strategies for the use of antimicrobials in food production animals. [...]

38. Virulence and Evolution of West Nile Virus, Australia, 1960 - 2012 [...]

39. Why Don't Bats Get Ebola? [...]


TRAINING

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 - 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

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

ILRI Graduate Fellowship: Greening Livestock MSc Fellowship; closing date: 30 August 2016 [...]

ILRI: Post-Doctoral Scientist-Feed and Forages Biosciences: Open until filled [...]

 

 

About the bulletin

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.

 

You can...

Send suggestions or comments please send us an email
Subscribe this e-bulletin please click here
Unsubscribe this e-bulletin please click here

 

Disclaimer

The designations employed and the presentation of material in this information product do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal or development status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. FAO declines all responsibility for errors or deficiencies in the database or software or in the documentation accompanying it, for program maintenance and upgrading as well as for any damage that may arise from them. FAO also declines any responsibility for updating the data and assumes no responsibility for errors and omissions in the data provided. Users are, however, kindly asked to report any errors or defi ciencies in this product to FAO.

 

 

Latest Publications