In a scientific editorial* in Veterinary Record to be published on 1st July 2011, top researchers have said that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) should focus on peste des petits ruminants (PPR) virus as the next livestock virus for eradication. PPR virus, which is a close relative of the recently eradicated rinderpest virus of cattle, affects sheep and goats. In the same issue, Dr Michael Baron and colleagues of the BBSRC’s Institute for Animal Health have briefly reviewed** the disease.
On 6th June 2011 Professor John Fazakerley took up his post as Director of IAH. He succeeds Prof. David Paton who has been Acting Director since the retirement of Prof. Martin Shirley CBE last year.
The Institute for Animal Health has since 2007 invested £30M in facility improvements and new infrastructure developments with a further £100M+ investment underway due to complete in 2014.