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.

Impact of the microbiome on animal health

The term microbiota is defined as the set of commensal, autochthonic microorganisms, co-existing with a host without causing any harm1. Several studies on microbiota have increased over the last years with the arrival of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology.

Pig health: Promoting health rather than treating disease

Joaquim Segalés, researcher at IRTA-CReSA and associate professor at UAB, has participated in the co-authorship of the book “Pig health”, together with an international team of swine health and production experts.

Project PIGSs Annual Meeting 2018, Cambridge

Last week, members of the Project PIGSs celebrated their annual meeting in Cambridge, and updated the rest of the partners in the development of their work. In addition, the advisory board, constituted by external evaluators, was able to examine the progress of the project and give their recommendations.

Prions in the desert

Prion diseases or transmissible spongiform encephalopathies involve a quite diverse spectrum of hosts, from domestic animals such as cows with mad cow disease  (aka Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, BSE), wild animals such as cervids with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and even people who may suffer from  Creutzfeld Jackob Disease.

REDPRION is launched, a project to reinforce the control of human and animal prion diseases on both sides of the Pyrenees.

A consortium consisting of five research centers and two companies from France and Spain launches the REDPRION cross-border Pyrenean project, worth € 2 million to develop innovative diagnostic tools and to identify therapeutic compounds for patients affected by a prion disease.

Cephalosporin resistance in Escherichia coli of broilers, flies and white storks

The 13th of March, Marc Solà Ginés will defend his PhD thesis entitled “Molecular epidemiology and mechanisms of cephalosporin resistance in Escherichia coli of different origins; broilers, flies and white storks” directed by Dra. Lourdes Migura Garcia.

Viral comments (37): A WHO action plan not to end up between a rock and a hard place.

Since 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been developing and polishing a “tool” (risk assessment committees of experts based on the available information) to try to identify those diseases that represent (or will represent) a risk to public health due to its epidemic potential and against which there are no countermeasures or these are considered insufficient.

Aedes aegypti detection in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

At the beginning of December 2017, the Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands Government, through its General Department of Public Health, detected some specimens of the mosquito Aedes aegypti in an urban area, Las Granadas , in the Puerto del Rosario on the island of Fuerteventura.