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News & features archive, 2015


18/12/2015
FAO Viet Nam Representation
17/12/2015
FAO Regional Office for Africa
13/11/2015

Jointly analyzing data from animal influenza surveillance or outbreaks along with virus genetic information contributes to improved understanding of the epidemiology and evolution of influenza viruses....
05/11/2015

From 3 to 13 November 2015, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will be conducting a training mission in Cotonou (Benin)...
20/10/2015

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is backing FAO's efforts to combat pandemic animal disease threats in Asia, Africa and the Middle East with an additional $87 million in funding covering the 2015-19 period...
15/10/2015

Raising the alarm for poultry-related livelihoods and public health, FAO warned countries today that a fourth wave of avian influenza H7N9 has already begun...
25/09/2015

After almost nine years of close cooperation and collaboration with the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health Services, Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia, on Tuesday, 22 September 2015, the FAO ECTAD Programme in Indonesia held a workshop in Jakarta to mark the closure of the Avian Influenza Prevention and Control Project...
10/09/2015

The second technical meeting of the Animal Health Networks brought together the Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) as well as the focal points of the laboratory (RESOLAB) and epidemio-surveillance (RESEPI) networks in Central Africa sub-region The meeting was held in Yaound, Cameroon, from 26 to 28 August 2015, back-to-back with the Central Africa sub-region roadmap workshop for the control and eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR)...
06/08/2015

Despite the devastating economic impact of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks in Indonesia, many poultry farmers have not taken adequate measures to protect their flocks...
20/07/2015

Fears are growing that without timely intervention to stem outbreaks of the highly virulent avian flu virus H5N1 across West Africa, further spread across the region and beyond is inevitable, FAO said today...
16/07/2015

The influenza H7N9 virus that emerged in March 2013 in China continues to pose risks for human health and the poultry sector in China, its neighbors and the world. However, this single virus is just one of many threats countries deal with on a daily basis...

On 16 January 2015, Nigeria confirmed the presence of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The disease spread rapidly reaching 18 of the 37 states in the country, affecting poultry farms and live bird markets (LBMs)...

On 16 January 2015, Nigeria confirmed the presence of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The disease spread rapidly reaching 18 of the 37 states in the country, affecting poultry farms and live bird markets (LBMs)...
15/06/2015

A two-day regional emergency consultation meeting held in Abuja, Nigeria, on 15 and 16 June 2015, discussed regional and national strategies and their implementation to improve regional coordination and synergies for the immediate and effective prevention and control of the H5N1 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza in West and Central Africa...
22/05/2015

FAO technical and operational officers working within the Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) met in Bangkok, Thailand from 12 to 15 May 2015 to review together ECTADs goal and objectives and devise a strategy for the coming five years. Forty delegates attended the meeting, including officers from eight countries in Asia where ECTAD projects are active (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Viet Nam)...
12/05/2015

Viet Nam is one of the eight UN Delivering as One (DaO) pilot countries which supports a close working relationship among UN partners. And within the UN Viet Nam One Plan and specifically the Health Joint Planning Group (JPG), the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Viet Nam and World Health Organization (WHO) have been key players in the Communicable Diseases sub-group leading to development of a joint work plan and activities such as addressing H7N9 collaboratively through One Health..
09/04/2015

Following the recent H5N1 outbreaks in Western Africa since late December 2014, FAO, through the Crisis Management Centre-Animal Health (CMC-AH), has recently deployed rapid assessment missions, in the Republic of Benin, from 22 to 28 February 2015, and in the Togolese Republic, from 1 to 7 March 2015...
02/04/2015

Une mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’Alimentation et l’Agriculture  (FAO) a séjourné au Bénin du 22 au 28 février 2015...
17/03/2015

Over the past two years, the world has witnessed an increase in emergence of novel avian influenza (AI) subtypes, such as H5N2, H5N6, H5N8, H7N9, H10N8 – to name the few making headlines...
06/03/2015

Egypt has been suffering from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of the H5N1 subtype for almost a decade and the disease is considered to be deeply entrenched in the poultry industry of the country...
10/02/2015

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 is a highly contagious, transboundary animal disease. It spreads quickly and causes high mortality in poultry...

FAO and SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics team up to develop high tech tools to fight bird flu and other infectious diseases. FAO has chosen the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics as a designated reference centre to expand its access to state-of the-art technology in combating dangerous viral infections, including avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease, in farm animals and wildlife...
02/02/2015

The continuing Ebola epidemic in West Africa is a striking reminder of the need for a greater capability in all countries to rapidly detect and respond to new or re-emerging public health threats which spill over in humans from animal populations such as bats, rodents, and non-human primates...