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August 14, 2013

Transmission electron micrograph of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus particles, colorized in yellow. © U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIAID-NIH

Too early to draw conclusions on source of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome infections in humans

Further investigation into possible role of animals needed
Understanding the potential role of animals in the emergence and spread of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) requires further investigation, analysis and study, FAO says. Current evidence is not sufficient to identify the specific source, whether animal or otherwise, of the coronavirus that is causing MERS in humans. FAO is urging countries to invest in efforts to better understand virus sources and mechanisms of transmission and spread [...]

A cowGeorgia joins the European Commission for the control of foot-and-mouth disease

Georgia became the 37th member of the the European Commission for the control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) on 23 July 2013. This recent addition marks a new and proactive stage for Georgia in the country’s efforts to control transboundary animal diseases. Under the legal framework of the FAO and with funding from the Eu, EuFMD provided the Transcaucasus region with vaccines to lower the risk of the disease spreading [...]

  From the field
Signing the memorandum of understandingFAO and African Union sign Memorandum of Understanding to control avian influenza H7N9 spread
coverFAO's support to the One Health regional approach (FAO animal production and health report 2)
coverMilk and dairy products in human nutrition
  get involved
video screen showing Moby
If we must eat animals... Even where hunger is prevalent, livestock can be raised humanely [...]
A goatFAO project boosts capacity building in Southern African countries fighting small ruminant plague
SmartphoneFAO smartphone app shows potential for improving disease surveillance and reporting in Uganda
speaker during the workshopConsultation Workshops for Development of new Circular on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI ) Prevention and Control
14-17 August > Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
2nd International Congress on Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interface (ICOPHAI): One Health for Sustainable Development
20-22 August > Malaysia
5th Meeting of the ASEAN Coordination Centre for Animal Health and Zoonosis Preparatory Committee
25-29 August > Perth, Australia
24th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP)
26-30 August > Nantes, France
64th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science
26-30 August > Minneapolis, USA
Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods

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