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.

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