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14 Apr 2014

FAO urges countries to step up action against destructive banana disease

Following its spread to Africa and the Middle East, Fusarium wilt TR4 increases the risks to livelihoods and banana markets

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases,...

   
14 Apr 2014

Tropical Race 4 (TR4) of Fusarium wilt (Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense)

Expanded Threat to Global Banana Production

Bananas (Musa spp.), including dessert banana, plantain, and cooking banana, are the eighth most important food crop in the world, and the fourth most important in the least developed countries (FAOSTAT, 2013). However the crop is vulnerable to a number of diseases, including...

   
24 Mar 2014

Experiences in participatory surveillance and community-based reporting systems for H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza: A case study approach

Participatory surveillance (PS) is the application of participatory rural appraisal methods to the collection of epidemiological information to inform decision-making and action. It was applied in Africa and Asia as part of emergency programs to address the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) pandemic.

The approach resulted in markedly increased case...

   
20 Feb 2014

FAO rules out human-to-animal transmission of influenza A(H7N9)

After the first case of A(H7N9) outside China, FAO says there is no evidence that infected people could transmit the virus to poultry

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.

FAO referred...

   
3 Feb 2014

Updating Surveillance and Contingency Measures for Influenza A(H7N9) in Africa

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.

FAO and the African Union's Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) identified ... [Read more]

   
30 Jan 2014

Qualitative risk assessment update – Issue no. 2

Following the emergence of the novel influenza A(H7N9) in China in March 2013, FAO released an emergency risk assessment in June 2013 using the data available at that time. To assess the effects of the expected increase in poultry trade and consumption associated with the upcoming lunar New Year festivities...

   
20 Jan 2014

Human cases of influenza A(H7N9) on the rise again in Southern and Eastern China

FAO calls for increased vigilance and preparedness in neighboring countries

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. 

Millions of people and poultry are expected to be on...

   
19 Dec 2013

Locust plague campaign gets results in Madagascar

Control operations move against hunger threat

Control operations are continuing in Madagascar against an invasion of the Malagasy Migratory Locust, a voracious insect threatening rice and maize crops and therefore the food security and livelihoods of millions of people.

Jointly prepared by FAO and the Government of...

   
17 Dec 2013

Dare to prepare: taking risk seriously

In moving towards the post-2015 Development Agenda, and with evidence pointing towards a world in which disasters are even more frequent than today, the centrality of ‘risk’ is becoming an essential component of all development and humanitarian work.

Emergency preparedness has the potential to be truly transformative, a means to reshape...

   
16 Dec 2013

Surge in diseases of animal origin necessitates new approach to health - report

Focus on root causes and prevention needed

Population growth, agricultural expansion, and the rise of globe-spanning food supply chains have dramatically altered how diseases emerge, jump species boundaries, and spread, according to an FAO report released today. A new, more holistic approach to managing disease threats at the animal-human-environment interface is...

   
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