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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...

3 Dec 2012

Serious Desert Locust threat extends to northwest and northeast Africa

The Desert Locust situation remains serious as small swarms continue to form in Mali, Niger, and Chad, and adult groups have moved north to Libya, Tunisia and Algeria. [...]

29 Oct 2012

US increases funding to combat influenza and emerging disease threats

Continued partnership will strengthen countries' preparedness, surveillance and response

FAO's commitment to fight emerging disease threats in "hotspot" regions worldwide is getting a boost with new funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the UN agency said today. [...]

26 Oct 2012

FAO and partners develop joint strategies for PPR control in East Africa

FAO works with development partners in East Africa to map out strategies to curb the economic damage caused by the deadly peste des petits ruminants (PPR), also known as ‘goat plague’ […]

23 Oct 2012

New locust alert for northwest Africa

FAO warns of impending threat

FAO has alerted Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco to prepare for the likely arrival of Desert Locust swarms from the Sahel in West Africa in the coming weeks.  [...]

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