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16 Sep 2013

Bird flu viruses could re-emerge in upcoming flu season

International experts recommend vigilance and promote targeted surveillance, market restructuring to fight H7N9, H5N1 and other threats

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...

9 Aug 2013

Too early to draw conclusions on source of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome infections in humans

Further investigation into possible role of animals needed

Understanding the potential role of animals in the emergence and spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) requires further investigation, analysis and study, FAO said today. Current evidence is not sufficient to identify the specific source, whether animal or otherwise, of the coronavirus...

26 Jun 2013

Locust plague threatens to trigger severe food crisis in Madagascar

Locusts have already infested over half of the island nation’s cultivated land and pastures

Madagascar is in the grips of a largely uncontrolled locust plague and risks a serious food crisis. A large-scale emergency control campaign urgently requires a minimum of  $22 million in funding to start in time for the...

22 Jun 2013

Celebrating the Eradication of Rinderpest on 28 June 2013

Two years ago, the world reached a milestone: FAO declared the world free from rinderpest on 28 June 2011. Rinderpest is a highly contagious animal disease also known as cattle plague. Next week FAO and the world are celebrating the two-year anniversary of the eradication of the virus. FAO will...

14 Jun 2013

FAO calls for continued vigilance in face of H7N9 avian influenza

Asia needs to strengthen biosecurity measures and surveillance

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...

13 Jun 2013

Wheat rust diseases remain a constant but neglected threat

FAO warns this year’s strong wheat output could be hampered by wheat rusts

FAO is calling for countries in the global ‘wheat belt’ to step up monitoring and prevention for wheat rusts – fungal diseases that do especially well in particularly wet seasons. Yields could be affected across North Africa, the...

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...

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