Infectious Disease

Food experts have warned there are currently no alternatives to antibiotics

‘No alternatives to antibiotics’ warns expert

By Oscar Rousseau

Leading food scientist Johanna Fink-Gremmels has warned that if meat-producing livestock is infected with a disease and requires treatment there are “no alternatives to antibiotics”.

Peste des Petits Ruminants - or goat plague - can kill up to 90% of infected livestock within days

Progress made on tackling livestock disease

By Aidan Fortune

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).

Backyard pig farms are important for the livelihood of Ukrainian farmers

Africa swine fever outbreak in Ukraine

By Oscar Rousseau

Ukraine has been rocked by an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) which has left more than 700 pigs at risk of catching the highly contagious disease.

There were no public health events of international concern during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014

ECDC assesses public health risk for Olympic Games in Brazil

By Joseph James Whitworth

Visitors to the Olympics and Paralympics Summer Games in Rio, Brazil will be most at risk of gastrointestinal illness and vector-borne infections, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Dr Gilmour will start work from next month.

PHAC names scientific director general

By Joseph James Whitworth

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has appointed Dr Matthew Gilmour as scientific director general National Public Health Laboratories.

Study reveals most dangerous zoonoses

Study reveals most dangerous zoonoses

By Nicholas Robinson

Through mapping human-animal diseases (zoonoses), such as tuberculosis, a new study has revealed that just 13 zoonoses are responsible for 2.2m human deaths a year.

Dutch fear flu return

Dutch fear flu return

The Dutch government has ordered the culling of 600 ducks on a farm
after routine blood tests showed signs of antibodies to a mild
strain of bird flu. There are fears of a return of the virus that
devastated much of northern Europe's...

Is bird flu the next SARS?

Is bird flu the next SARS?

Experts in Asia are predicting that the bird flu outbreak is
threatening to evolve into a situation similar to that of the
recent SARS outbreak, as the disease appears to show no signs of
abating. Meanwhile in Europe strict measures...

UK considers vaccine

UK considers vaccine

As Britain prepared to slaughter hundreds of thousands more healthy
sheep that may have been exposed to foot-and-mouth disease, the
government indicated...

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