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EFSA scientific opinion on the zoonotic potential of scrapie

07 August 2015
Official publications
Tags: TSE, sheep, efsa, scrapie

The European Food Safety Agency EFSA has published a Scientific Opinion on the zoonotic potential of Scrapie in response to an earlier paper that had looked into the same issue (Comoy, E. E. et al. Transmission of scrapie prions to primate after an extended silent incubation period. Sci. Rep. 5, 11573; doi: 10.1038/srep11573 (2015)).

 

The EFSA report concludes that the paper cannot be regarded as providing evidence of the zoonotic potential for scrapie in field conditions.

 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/4197.htm

 

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IDF Summit

14 July 2015
Official publications
Tags: milk, dairy

The IDF summit is one of the leading gatherings of and for dairy specialists and decision-makers in all dairy related fields

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New paper and video about MAP and Crohn's disease

18 February 2015
Official publications
Tags: TAFS, paratuberculosis, MAP, Crohn's

TAFS member Michael Collins summarizes the story of 'One Health - MAP - Crohn's Disease' in language readily understood by non-scientists on beststory.ca. The website charges 40 US Cent for access to the story, the value of which goes far beyond.

http://www.beststory.ca/?page=viewrec&articleid=1000031

 

Also recommended for watching: Crohn's Controversy: Cause, Vaccine and Anti-MAP Therapy by Phil Nicholson. http://youtu.be/4CELZLY2X9c

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2 new reports: antimicrobial resistance and EFSA zoonoses report

11 April 2013
Official publications
Tags: food safety, zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance

2 new reports have been published recently that are of relevance for the work that we do:

- a review 'Antimicrobial Resistance: Challenges and Perspectives' by Doyle et al.

- The European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-borne Outbreaks in 2011.

Both reports may be discussed at the upcoming TAFS meeting (April 24/25).

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Survey underlines need for minimizing secondary human exposure to prions

16 August 2012
Official publications
Tags: TSE, vCJD

The Health Protection Agency of the UK has released its summary results of the second national survey of abnormal prion prevalence in archived appendix specimens. The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) TSE Risk Assessment Subgroup published a comment on the these results in a position paper.

 

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Two new important reports on zoonotic diseases

05 July 2012
Official publications
Tags: One Health, economics, zoonoses

Two new important reports on zoonotic diseases and options to address them (‘One Health’) have  been published online. Both of them list the World Bank/TAFS livestock disease atlas  in their references, underlining the usefulness of our work.

The reports will be presented in detail at the next TAFS meeting.

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World Bank and TAFS forum co-publish "World Livestock Disease Atlas"

03 November 2011
Official publications
Tags: TAFS, OIE, FAO, livestock

The World Bank and the TAFS forum have joined forces and co-published a "World Livestock Disease Atlas". It contains a comprehensive, quantitative analysis of OIE and FAO data on global livestock populations and their losses due to reportable diseases. The atlas is available in hardcopy as well as downloadable from the TAFS forum website.

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