CaribVET Newsletter

6ta Reunion del grupo de trabajo de la red CaribVET en La Habana Cuba, objetivo: Erradicar la peste porcina clásica del Caribe.

Especialistas en enfermedades porcinas del Caribe, así como representantes de diferentes organizaciones (USDA, CENSA, CIRAD, FAO, OIRSA, OIPORC) y ministerios del Caribe, participarán en la sexta reunión del grupo de trabajo de enfermedades del cerdo de la red regional CaribVET. Dicha reunión se llevará a cabo en el hotel Chateau Miramar, en La Habana Cuba del 3 al 5 de agosto del 2016.

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Quick Review of the litterature - Biosecurity and surveillance are highlighted

The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) subtype H5N2 affecting turkey and egg producing flocks in the upper Midwest in United States last year, has been considered the most severe emergency animal disease experienced by the United States. From March through to mid-June 2015, the HPAI subtype H5N2 infection was responsible for the depletion of 35 million laying hens, approximately 4 million replacement pullets and 7 million turkeys. Read more »

Animal Disease Recognition and Response Training Workshop held in Saint Lucia

As part of the “One Health, One Caribbean, One Love” project, funded by the European Union, co-funded by the 10th European Development Fund SPS Project and implemented by the University of the West Indies (UWI)’ a training workshop was held in Saint Lucia, aimed at strengthening the ability of the veterinary services and livestock producers to recognise, diagnose and respond to animal and zoonotic diseases. 

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11th CaribVET Steering Committee Meeting - Good animal and veterinary public health, the key to a safe and prosperous region

PRESS RELEASE (St. George’s, Grenada) 12 April, 2016 - “The Caribbean Animal Health Network, CaribVET, continues to work in earnest with its partners to safeguard the animal and veterinary public health of the Caribbean region”, affirmed Dr Kathian Hackshaw, Chair of the Steering Committee of CaribVET, at the network’s annual Meeting held in Grenada, 4-6 April 2016. Read more »

How Barbados is preparing for Avian Influenza

Following the recent outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in North America and Canada, Barbados has increased wild bird surveillance and has put measures in place to improve biosecurity within the poultry industry. As part of their preparedness, they have also begun strengthening the capacity of their Veterinary Services Laboratory (VSL) to perform molecular diagnostics targeting avian influenza.

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The 14th conference of the international society for veterinary epidemiology and economics

CaribVET was well-represented at this important forum on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics which is considered one of the biggest conference in this domain worldwide. Several papers of the network and the Epigenesis project were accepted as oral and poster presentations (see CaribVET contributions and abstracts) Read more »

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Avian influenza threatening America again

On January 15th 2016 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) submitted a notification to OIE for a different strain of Avian Influenza (AI). The immediate notification was due to a highly pathogenic H7N8 outbreak in an Indiana turkey farm starting on January 11th2016. Thereafter, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) announced nine more commercial turkey farms in Dubois County tested positive, involving a total of 240,900 turkeys. Read more »

Highly pathogenic avian influenza, (H7N8): USA, first 2016 case

First detection in 2016 of Highly pathogenic H7N8 Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The outbreak appeared the 16th January, 2016 in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana. In 2015, USA experienced a number of influenza outbreaks (232 outbreaks in 15 states, last outbreak was detected June 17) and Indiana reported one outbreak in a backyard flock affecting 76 birds. Read more »

Understanding the threats of the next waterfowl migration season for poultry

According to reports to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the global impact of both Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI), in terms of loss of poultry and the number of countries reporting through the first two quarters of 2015, have exceeded the entire year of 2014. About 5.6 more poultry were lost from infection or depopulation due to exposure to the avian Influenza virus (AIV) and twice more countries reported the disease in poultry compared to 2014. Read more »

Dominican Republic’s declares freedom from avian influenza as from 26 February 2015.

Earlier this year, the Directorate General for Livestock (DIGEGA) of the Dominican Republic has declared the country free from avian influenza (AI). Read more »

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