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  • Changes in wildlife migration could alter disease risk

    The risk of animals passing diseases to humans could increase in some cases, but decrease in others, as people encroach on and disrupt wildlife migration paths, according to a review in Science. Climate change is also affecting migration patterns, and the review says there is an urgent need for research on how changes in habitat and climate will affect disease in migratory animals, to predict ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Pork Industry Better Equipped to Prevent and Respond to Disease

    Through Growing Forward 2, the governments of Canada and Alberta are providing $1.35 million to Alberta Pork to help address the threat of pig diseases, such asporcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), to ...

  • US bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs

    A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more. Scientists think porcine epidemic diarrhea, which does not infect humans or other animals, came from China, but they don't know how it got into the country or spread ...


    By Associated Press

  • FAO monitoring A/H1N1 situation around the clock

    With WHO raising its pandemic alert level from 4 to 5, countries worldwide are being urged to take adequate precautionary measures against the newly found A/H1N1 virus, and to be prepared for the eventual case of a pandemic. The challenge for governments, with FAO assistance, is to review measures to be taken in the veterinary realm, despite the fact that “there is currently no evidence to ...

  • Intensive Agriculture Implicated in Transmission of Deadly Nipah Virus to Humans

    In a study released today, scientists reveal the factors behind the emergence of the deadly Nipah virus in Malaysia and Singapore in 1998, which caused more than 100 fatalities and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in economic losses. In this paper published today in Interface, a journal of the Royal Society, scientists describe two different stages of a deadly disease outbreak and a missed ...


    By EcoHealth Alliance

  • EcoHealth Alliance Scientists Respond To Contagion’s Message

    EcoHealth Alliance, now in its 40th year of operation, is a science-based nonprofit organization working on predicting and preventing the next pandemic. The new film, Contagion, highlights the outbreak of a new disease that quickly traverses the globe causing illness and death to those infected. EcoHealth Alliance scientists respond to this scenario based ...


    By EcoHealth Alliance

  • £6m funding to improve UK livestock health

    Funding for eight projects that aim to improve the health of livestock within the UK has been announced by the Animal Health Research Club (ARC). The club, whose members include Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and other industry organisations, has allocated over £6 million in the second round of funding. In total, £10.8 million of ARC grant funding has ...

  • Swine Flu: To panic or not -- That is the question

    Thanks to the 24-hour media coverage about swine flu, we’re all aware that a potential flu pandemic could be high. But before you stock up on face masks and hand sanitizer, it’s important to put some things in perspective. William Sutker, M.D., chief of infectious diseases at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas says that first and foremost, we should remain calm. “As of now, there is no ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Household compost as good for soil as conventional fertilisers, say EU researchers

    Since 2005, conventional disposal of organic waste has been prohibited in Sweden. Instead, this waste is incinerated or separated at source, processed (composted or anaerobically digested) and recycled as fertiliser on crop land. A new study has investigated the use of organic waste from different sources as a fertiliser and found that residue from biogas production is an effective fertiliser. ...

  • Certified Reference Material ERM?-AD482 to identify absence or presence of ruminant material in feed

    With the contribution of the JRC, the European Union Reference Laboratory for Animal Proteins (EURL-AP) validated of new DNA-based methods detecting unauthorised proteins from ruminant origin (e.g. beef). This new method has been taken up in EU regulation. For its implementation the JRC now certified the reference material ERM-AD482, allowing the absence or presence testing of ruminant material ...

  • STW-Breed4Food Partnership for sustainable livestock breeding

    Technology Foundation STW and the business consortium Breed4Food have launched an ambitious new research programme that links many scientific disciplines with livestock breeding. The aim of the programme – known as the STW-Breed4Food Partnership – is to acquire new insights into sustainability, animal health and welfare and to improve efficiency. STW and the ...

  • CSIRO joins global fight against pandemic threats

    In a collaborative effort between the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and international and Indonesian scientists, a research team from CSIRO recently used a pioneering technique known as antigenic cartography to ‘map’ the evolution of the bird flu virus. While helping the Indonesian government protect its vast poultry flock against the deadly disease, ...

  • Livestock Recommendations - Farming Regulation Task Force

    At the Oxford Farming Conference the Secretary of State announced:  From 2016, the introduction of a generic 10 mile rule for CPH allocation across farmed species, alongside a new solution for dealing with land being used for temporary grazing within 10 miles of the home holding;  From 2017, the abolition of all CTS Links and Sole Occupancy Authority (SOAs) licences; ...

  • Frost & Sullivan Commends Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd. for its Entrepreneurial Leadership

     Based on its recent analysis of the aquaculture feed market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd. (OHT) with the 2012 Europe Frost & Sullivan Award for Entrepreneurial Company of the Year. OHT has positioned itself as a provider of cost-effective, eco-friendly, sustainable and natural feed products.  It successfully tackles the key issues facing the ...


    By Frost & Sullivan

  • FDA’s Antibiotics Plan Misses the Mark

    The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) today released a progress report on its voluntary approach to reducing the use of antibiotics in farm animals, which relies on collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry. About 80 percent of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for use in cows, chickens, pigs, and other farm animals. A majority of those antibiotics are fed routinely to animals ...

  • Tetanus & Clostridium tetani Exposed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health.  The latest educational video discusses tetanus and Clostridium tetani.   Tetanus is an acute, often fatal, disease caused by an exotoxin produced by the bacterium ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Senegal nears first victory in war on tsetse fly

    A campaign against the tsetse fly, a pest that transmits a disease that devastates livestock, in the Niayes area near the capital Dakar has radically reduced the fly population and is paving the way for complete eradication. "Since the project started, there is already less disease. It has not only reduced the tsetse but also ticks, which cause lots of other diseases in the area. We have noticed ...

  • Brucellosis Exposed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about environmental issues that may impact their health.  The latest educational video discusses brucellosis and the bacteria known as Brucella.   Brucellosis is an infectious disease caused by a genus of bacteria ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • GM chickens: a solution for bird flu?

    Genetically modified (GM) chickens could help stop transmission of bird flu, which first emerged in 1996 in China and has since killed or caused the culling of millions of chickens worldwide. Since making a jump to humans in 1997, bird flu has also killed over 300 people. It remains one of the diseases with a potential to cause a pandemic and is a major drawback for the poultry industry, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Dieter Lutticken Award 2009 for development of in vitro bovine respiratory tract organ culture model

    The Dieter Lütticken Award 2009, a prestigious international annual award dedicated to alternatives in animal testing for veterinary medicines, goes to Dr. A.W. (Dan) Tucker, senior lecturer in veterinary public health at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). He will receive the € 20,000 award, which is sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, for the development of ...

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