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7 Jun 2013

Assessing, monitoring and managing the avian influenza A (H7N9) situation

FAO's Emergency Prevention System (EMPRES) for Animal Health, with the assistance of international experts, has developed three guiding documents to meet the challenge triggered by the H7N9 events:

The Emergency risk assessment summarizes the latest knowledge on the potential introduction and spread of the virus. Download...

4 Jun 2013

FAO joins partnership in fight against cassava disease in Africa

FAO has joined the call for urgent action to prevent the spread of Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) in Africa. The two diseases, both transmitted by whiteflies and the movement of infected planting materials, pose an enormous threat to the food security and livelihoods of...

31 May 2013

Perú obtuvo reconocimiento de la OIE como país libre de fiebre aftosa

Erradicación de fiebre aftosa marcha a paso firme en la región andina

La totalidad del territorio peruano ha sido reconocido como libre de la fiebre aftosa por la Organización Mundial de Sanidad Animal, OIE, señaló hoy la FAO.

Perú obtuvo este reconocimiento en París, durante la Asamblea Mundial de Delegados de la...

17 May 2013

African swine fever in the Russian Federation - Risk factors for Europe and beyond

African swine fever (ASF) is one of the most severe viral pig diseases

Some genotypes of ASF can cause up to 100 percent mortality in pigs and wild boar, such as the genotype II virus introduced into Georgia in 2007 which spread throughout the Caucasus into the Islamic Republic...

3 May 2013

Culprit behind massive shrimp die-offs in Asia unmasked

Bacterium responsible for Early Mortality Syndrome of Shrimp – Crucial first step in finding effective ways to combat the disease

In a major breakthrough, researchers at the University of Arizona have identified the causative agent behind a mysterious disease that has been decimating shrimp farms in Asia.

The disease, known as Shrimp...

5 Apr 2013

Strong biosecurity measures required in response to influenza A(H7N9) virus

FAO supports China and neighbouring countries in disease detection and animal health management

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 [...]

26 Mar 2013

Madagascar needs more than $41 million to end locust plague

Half of the country infested by locusts - food production seriously at risk

Madagascar needs more than $22 million of emergency funding by June to start fighting a severe locust plague that threatens the country's next cropping seasons and the food security of more than half the country's population[...]


1 Mar 2013

Cell phones revolutionizing Kenya’s livestock sector

Mobile phones send first alerts for livestock diseases, and Web access by cell phone means endless innovations are improving Kenya’s livestock industry by leaps and bounds

Farmers and veterinarians across Africa are increasingly using cell phones to issue alerts quickly about possible animal disease outbreaks [...]

29 Jan 2013

FAO urges stronger measures on global health threats

World risks new bird flu surge if countries drop their guard

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. [...]

13 Dec 2012

Wheat rust diseases: preparedness and prevention is key

Contingency Planning for Management of Wheat Rust Diseases

Wheat rust diseases are among the major constraints of wheat in South Asia as well as in other parts of the world. Rust diseases are airborne and respect no boundaries. They can spread over borders and cause significant yield losses over large areas.

Wheat rust...

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