The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has officially declared that rinderpest (cattle plague) has been eradicated. All 198 countries that have animals susceptible to this devastating disease have been recognised as rinderpest-free. This announcement was made at the 79th General Session of the OIE World Assembly of National Delegates in Paris on 25th May 2011.
IAH and collaborators in the University of Edinburgh have uncovered a window of opportunity when it is possible to identify cattle infected with foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) before they become infectious and/or show signs of having the disease. They have published their findings in the journal Science*. IAH experts along with colleagues at Defra (Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs) are now assessing if this window of opportunity can be exploited to reduce the number of animals that are culled during an outbreak.
On Thursday 17th March the IAH, in collaboration with BBSRC, hosted a Networking Event "Protecting UK livestock from the threat of viral disease" at Church House, Westminster.
The purpose of the event was to share knowledge and facilitate partnerships for action across the animal health research, livestock and poultry sectors.
Speakers and guests were representative of the IAH and other UK research leaders, the UK livestock and poultry sector, animal health industries and Government. Speakers in the afternoon session were: