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News & features archive, 2013


20/12/2013

OFFLU, the joint network of expertise on animal influenza between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), organized a technical meeting on vaccination against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) from 4 to 6 December 2013 in Beijing, China...
20/12/2013

Research on vaccination against Avian Influenza has several needs, including the evaluation of the potential benefits of vaccination at hatchery level for the prevention and control of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)...
29/11/2013

With the threat of avian influenza A(H7N9) spreading during the autumn and winter months, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have joined forces to enhance surveillance and improve preparedness and response capacities in key countries in Asia and beyond...
18/10/2013

FAO re-emphasized the need for good hygiene practices to mitigate risks posed by avian influenza viruses and other animal health threats. Juan Lubroth, Chief Veterinary Officer, and Jean-Michel Poirson, Senior Officer, Emergency Prevention Service – Food Safety, provided these views in a statement published by Food Quality and Safety magazine...
18/09/2013

Two emergency regional projects aimed at containing avian influenza were launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific at a three-day workshop. The meeting was attended by veterinary experts from countries in the sub-regions of Southeast and South Asia and from a number of international organizations and development partners...
16/09/2013

FAO has issued a new warning to the international community that the H7N9 and H5N1 avian influenza viruses continue to pose serious threats to human and animal health, especially in view of the upcoming flu season...
07/08/2013

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between FAO and the African Union Commission (AUC) signed today will help to prevent and control outbreaks of influenza A (H7N9), better known as avian influenza...
31/07/2013

A consultation workshop for development of a new Circular on HPAI prevention and control was held back to back with the semi-annual review workshop on animal diseases prevention and control on 5 July 2013 in Hanoi and 10 July 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City...
17/07/2013

In April 2013, some of the world's top scientists gathered at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for an emergency consultation on the new avian influenza threat called H7N9. Animal and public health specialists teamed up with virologists, disease control managers, anthropologists and a wide range of other experts to translate current knowledge into practical advice. The resulting guidelines were designed to help member countries prepare for and manage the risks posed by H7N9...
14/06/2013

FAO has urged countries in Asia to remain vigilant in the face of the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. The best way to protect people and animals against the virus is to continue raising public awareness and strengthening biosecurity on farms and along the poultry value chain. Monitoring for the virus should also continue and requires interaction and building trust between regulatory officials, veterinarians, physicians and poultry farmers and sellers...
16/05/2013

This document describes options for mitigating human exposure to the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus via birds and their by-products, and options for mitigating the spread of H7N9 in birds. It applies both to countries where H7N9 exists and to those that have not yet identified the virus. It should be read in conjunction with FAO’s current H7N9 risk assessment and surveillance guidelines and will be updated as the situation evolves and new data become available...
14/05/2013

From 2 to 3 May 2013, FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) organized an expert technical meeting on H7N9 on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Bangkok, Thailand...
19/04/2013

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized an urgent meeting on 17 and 18 April with more than 30 experts to implement an emergency risk assessment on the evolving situation of avia influenza A(H7N9) virus...
19/04/2013

The Emergency Centre of Transboundary Disease Control (ECTAD) FAO was asked to contribute to the Ministerial level workshop “Implementing Guidelines of the Viet Nam Prime Minister on A influenza (H7N9) Control and Prevention” which was co-chaired by Minister of Health Ministry (MOH) and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry (MARD) in Ha Noi...
16/04/2013

As the total number of human cases from avian influenza A (H7N9) virus passes 60, and the human death toll reaches 13 people, the government of Viet Nam is being challenged to prepare for, detect and respond to a novel virus that poses risks to people, livelihoods, food security, economies, and biodiversit...
12/04/2013

On 31 March the Chinese authorities announced the identification in humans of a new strain of avian influenza virus: A(H7N9). While other H7 viruses have been widely reported around the globe in domestic and wild birds, the recent event in China represents the first time this A(H7N9) virus has been reported in humans and poultry...
11/04/2013

After its first detection in 2006, Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza (HPAI) has spread rapidly in Egypt and become endemic in poultry populations in several governorates. HPAI continued to cause considerable economic loss to poultry producers and remains a public health challenge in the country...
11/04/2013

Containment of the A(H7N9) influenza virus in China, which has been confirmed in 34 people, including nine who died, will require the implementation of strong biosecurity measures...
05/04/2013

Responding to the occurrence of the A(H7N9) influenza virus in China requires strong biosecurity measures, FAO said today. Unlike other influenza strains, including highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1, this new virus is hard to detect in poultry because the novel virus causes little to no signs of disease in animals...
07/03/2013

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations announced today that earlier this week it designated the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute (HVRI), in the Heilongjiang Province of the People’s Republic of China (PR China), as the FAO reference centre for animal influenza...
29/01/2013

The world risks a repeat of the disastrous 2006 bird flu outbreaks unless surveillance and control of this and other dangerous animal diseases is strengthened globally, FAO warns...