Visiting the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences

On 15th June 2018, Dr. Joaquim Segalés, researcher at IRTA-CReSA and associate professor of UAB, visited the Institute of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science of the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences, SAAS (Shanghai, China). This institute, led by Dr. Huili Liu, is mainly engaged in research and technology developments such as breeding new species and hybridity advantages utilizing pig and poultry, forage feeding, livestock and poultry epidemic disease prevention, and environment protection.

JIACRA-ES report; a One Health approach to associate consumption of antimicrobials and emergence of resistance

Lourdes Migura and Ignacio Badiola, researchers from IRTA-CReSA have actively participated in the elaboration of the JIACRA-ES report, coordinated by the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS). This report was presented at the headquarters of Fundación Ramon Areces the 5th of June as part of the National Action Plan to Reduce Antimicrobial Resistance.

Viral comments (39): Infectious Diseases One Health Master at CReSA; a path that starts with a lot of road to walk.

Emerging and re-emerging diseases have fuelled the construction and operation of high number of high biocontainment facilities (or Biosafety level 3) and maximum biocontainment (Biosafety level 4) facilities. Only those centres can manipulate and propagate hazardous and easily transmissible pathogens, even lethal ones, safely. This implies that professionals dedicated to issues of emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases, and in particular also zoonotic diseases, should have not only theoretical knowledge, but also practical, of the facilities in which they will potentially work or that they should manage in the future.

Healthy Pig, Safe Pork, the 25th International Pig Veterinary Society. IPVS 2018 Chongqing, China.

With the theme of “Healthy Pig, Safe Pork, the 25th International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress kicked off on June 11, 2018 in Chongqing. More than 5000 delegates attended the conference. While English was the official language of the meeting, the organization provided simultaneous translation to Chinese for all oral presentations. Different aspects of pig production were discussed during 4 days of intense scientific sessions. CReSA participation was centered in the bacterial and viral disease sessions.

Streptococcus suis in wild boars from Barcelona: a potential public health risk

Wild boar populations have substantially increased in Europe during the last decades. The great adaptability of this native wild species to a wide range of habitats has also prompted its appearance in urban and suburban areas in the last years, being nowadays common in big cities like Barcelona or Berlin. This novel situation regarding urban wild boars poses several conflicts like traffic accidents, occasional aggressions or the possibility to transmit diseases to other animals and human beings.

IRTA-CReSA on TVE24h: The power propper communication

A few weeks ago the LAB24 program of TVE24h contacted with us, it is probably the only program of the Spanish national Television dedicated exclusively to Scientific Divulgation.

The prionic pilgrimage

On May 22-25, 2018 the international congress PRION 2018 took place in Santiago de Compostela, since its first edition in Paris in 2009, this congress brings together experts from all over the world in prions, it is a  multidisciplinary meeting that gathers from doctors to veterinarians through biochemists, biologists and bioinformatics who study the structure of the molecules to give a holistic approach to a problem that is far from having a solution: the diseases caused by protein misfolding.

Bovine tuberculosis: Challenges and controversies (III). Is vaccination an option?

No, it is not. This bold answer has been given so far by the competent authorities. However, this answer is sustained by the ban on cattle vaccination of the current legal framework at the EU (it is explicitly forbidden by the Council Directive 78/52/EEC).

Viral comments (38): Biosafety will be sustainable and proportionate or it will not prevail.

For almost three decades (the first edition of LBM, Laboratory Biosafety Manual of the World Health Organization, WHO, is from 1983) Biosafety has been implanted, stumbling in some cases, in different countries of different continents. Biosafety grouped and groups together a set of techniques and procedures that seek to control exposure to pathogens, protecting the laboratorial workforce, but also the community that surrounds them, in the face of involuntary or accidental releases.

#ESPHM2018 a sucessful edition

The 10th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) was held in Barcelona (Spain) between May 9th and 11th, 2018. The meeting was attended by a total of 1,906 delegates, including regular, exhibitor and press ones, from 55 different countries from all around the globe. The symposium was a great success in attendance and from organizational issues, and numerous positive comments were received during and after its celebration.