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News & features archive, 2014


18/12/2014

The influenza A(H7N9) virus emerged in China early 2013 and has since caused over 460 human cases, of which 38 percent had a fatal outcome. H7N9 is an avian influenza virus that causes no disease signs in birds and can therefore spread undetected in poultry populations, putting people at risk...
15/12/2014

To celebrate the closing of an eight year long project, OSRO/RAS/604/USA “Immediate Technical Assistance to Strengthen Emergency Preparedness for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) to Viet Nam...
10/12/2014

The use of sequencing for diagnosis and characterisation of pathogens has become very popular and is accessible by most veterinary laboratories that perform molecular testing. A nucleotide sequence contains information on the nature of the pathogen, its main features (type, pathogenicity, resistance to drugs, etc.) and its source...
24/11/2014

A new bird flu strain detected in Europe which is similar to strains reported to be circulating in 2014 in Asia poses a significant threat to the poultry sector, especially in low-resourced countries situated along the Black Sea and East Atlantic migratory routes of wild birds...
14/11/2014

Germany has become the first European country to report an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza caused by an A(H5N8) virus genetically similar to one spreading in the Republic of Korea since January. The virus causes high mortality in poultry...
06/11/2014

Influenza A viruses originating from animals can adapt to infect humans following mutation or gene exchange. Identification and characterization of such viruses are therefore prerequisite for pandemic preparedness...
30/10/2014

The Department of Livestock Production (DLP) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), and the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Viet Nam, launched “Towards safer Hatcheries”, a training film and an advocacy film for small and medium scale hatchery biosecurity in Viet Nam with the financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)...
22/09/2014

A recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus in poultry in Southeast Asia known as A(H5N6) represents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods and must be closely monitored, FAO said today...
12/09/2014

Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) pose an increased threat in Africa. The outbreaks of Avian Influenza, Foot and Mouth Disease and Rift valley fever observed in the region, demonstrates the need for FAO to continue building country capacity in preparedness to respond to animal disease emergencies...
23/07/2014

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of avian influenza in general and H7N9 in particular, FAO gathered experts from seven nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to share experiences and build capacities in avian influenza preparednes...
15/07/2014

The Asia-Pacific region is making good progress in the fight against transboundary animal diseases, FAO announced today. Five years after its establishment in Bangkok, the European Union funded Regional Cooperation Programme on Highly Pathogenic Emerging Diseases (EU-HPED), collaboratively implemented by FAO, WHO and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), has provided significant support to enhance capacities of countries in the region in their response to highly pathogenic and emerging diseases...
04/07/2014

The emergence of new and potentially pandemic infectious diseases like certain avian influenza strains raises serious public health, economic, security and development concerns. Since launching the five-year Emerging Pandemic Threats Programme (EPT1) in 2009 to predict and prepare for such global epidemics, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has opted to continue with their development and investment work to consolidate the lessons from EPT1 and the previous efforts on avian influenza being supported since 2005 in a new programme called Emerging Pandemic Threats Programme 2 (EPT2)...
06/06/2014

Since the emergence of the novel influenza A(H7N9) virus in China in March 2013, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been engaged in enhancing the preparedness of countries in Asia and Africa for a potential incursion of the virus...
27/05/2014

Since the Indonesian economy suffered severe losses to its poultry production sector after it was exposed to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in 2003, the Government of Indonesia has been developing strategies to fight the influenza virus in poultry...
13/05/2014

Beginning in 2010, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has created and developed a Laboratory Mapping Tool (LMT). The LMT is a system by which to assess the functionality of veterinary laboratories following a two-tiered process...

Representatives of the animal and public health ministries in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar and Viet Nam came together in Yangon, Myanmar at the end of April 2014...
03/04/2014

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) urges people to stay alert for influenza A(H7N9), especially in light of the upcoming Qingming festival on 5 April 2014, which is celebrated in China and some of its neighbouring countries and will last approximately three days...

Avian diseases sometimes pose a threat to animal and human health. Veterinary epidemiologists have been working with public health officials on different strategies to improve surveillance and response to such emergent diseases...
04/03/2014

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) briefed the diplomatic community in Hanoi on avian influenza A (H7N9) to raise awareness about the virus that has emerged in both poultry and humans in China and its potential risk to Viet Nam...
19/02/2014

FAO says there is no evidence that human patients infected with influenza A(H7N9), a low pathogenic virus in poultry, can transmit the virus to animals, including birds...
14/02/2014

The Emergency Centre of Transboundary Disease Control (ECTAD) FAO was asked to participate and contribute to the Ministerial level meeting on the H7N9 national preparedness plan...
05/02/2014

The spread of the H7N9 virus among poultry in live bird markets (LBM) in China's Guangxi Province has significantly increased the risk that it will progressively spread to other neighbouring countries of China, posing an increased human health risk, the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today...
03/02/2014

Following the emergence of the novel influenza A(H7N9) virus in China, countries in Africa have been encouraged to increase their preparedness for the new low pathogenic strain of avian influenza...
20/01/2014

Human infections with the influenza A(H7N9) virus are on the rise again in China and the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities provide opportunity for further spread and human exposure, FAO warned today...
20/01/2014

A joint division of FAO and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been recognized for moving quickly and effectively to help nations prepare for the potentially pandemic strain of avian influenza known as H7N9...