The dog that never lost it in a crazy world

Tim wss staring astonished to Josefina the cow who, with her eyes wide open, was running away, scared, towards the barn, because she had seen a little mouse crossing the yard. On her way, poor thing, she stumbled and fell. With difficulty she got up again to enter her hiding place. Joseph, the farmer, had also seen the scene and sad, It had been seven years milking her every morning, decided that the time had come for Josefina.

First detection of West Nile Virus in a bird of prey in Catalonia

For more than 10 years IRTA-CReSA has carried out the diagnosis and technical assessment of the West Nile virus surveillance program in Catalonia as a service by the DARP. This program was initiated with the objective of detecting early the circulation of West Nile virus (WNV), a virus that can affect wild birds and equids and is transmitted by mosquito vectors to human beings.

See you in Barcelona at the next European Symposium of Porcine Health Management

Next year’s edition of the European Symposium of Porcine Health Management will be held in the city of Barcelona on May 9-11 2018.  The organising committee is entirely composed of IRTA-CReSA and UAB Veterinary Faculty researchers.

Will the smallest RNA molecule become the secret weapon to defeat the African swine fever virus?

A work carried out at IRTA-CReSA has allowed to identify different expression patterns of porcine microRNAs in an African swine fever virus (ASFV) experimental infection in pigs. The results not only increase our knowledge of the virus-host interaction but identify possible targets for the control of this important disease for which, at the moment, there is no vaccine in the market.

Why chamois go Blind?

Infectious keratoconjunctivitis is a highly contagious ocular disease that causes inflammation of the cornea and the conjunctiva, typically caused by Mycoplasma conjunctivae in wild and domestic caprines (Caprinae Subfamily).

Global Virus Network, we continue working to overcome the viruses

The 9th international meeting of the Global Virus Network –GVN took place the past 9-27 September 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

REARBOVIR network approved to deal with viral diseases transmitted by insects

IRTA-CReSA is part of a new network, approved on 07-07-2017, led by the Institute of Medical Chemistry (IQM) of the CSIC and with the participation of the University of Alcalá, Pompeu Fabra University, and ISGLOBAL.  Dr. Núria Busquets, from the Exotic Disease Subrogramme, is the CReSA responsible of this initiative funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness in the call of Networks of Excellence (SAF 2016-81856-REDT). The initial meeting of the project will take place in Barcelona next November.

A significant step forward in the fight against african swine fever

African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly lethal hemorrhagic disease for domestic pigs and European wild boards. ASF is a disease of mandatory declaration to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and is caused by African Swine Virus (ASFV), a rather complex and large virus against which there is no treatment, nor vaccine, thus relying for its control in its early detection and slaughtering of infected and potentially exposed animals.

Of goats, sheep and tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is one of the diseases with which we work at IRTA-CReSA. We can do this because we have a level 3 biocontainment unit that allows us to work directly and safely with the infectious agents that cause tuberculosis. Zoonoses like this, diseases that affect animals and people, are also one of the reasons that explain the existence of a research center like ours.

From the microbes of chickens to our plate

Campylobacter is one of the main responsible bacteria for foodborne diarrheal diseases. Most of the cases of diarrhea are associated with the consumption of food, mainly poultry meat contaminated with Campylobacter, hence, this bacterium represents a problem for food security of first order. Unlike Salmonella, Campylobacter is not part of the popular vocabulary, nor does it appear regularly in the media, although it is one of the pathogens responsible for the largest number of cases of diarrhea in humans in the European Union.