Asia / Bird flu / Disease Control / Livestock / Southeast Asia / Trade / Zoonotic Diseases

FAO studies cross-border trade of poultry commodities to improve risk management of avian influenza in the Greater Mekong Subregion

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) includes Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and the southern provinces of China. In the GMS, the emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in early 2003 and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) from 2004 to 2010 has marked this region as a hotspot for emerging infectious diseases. Animal … Continue reading

Animal Diseases / Asia / Bird flu / Disease Control / Emerging Diseases / Zoonotic Diseases

Ministerial conference to discuss animal and pandemic influenza

A ministerial conference to marshal international cooperation against the advance of new infectious diseases opens this month in Hanoi, drawing on experience gained in responses to pandemic A/H1N1 influenza and H5N1 avian influenza. The conference will set the scene for a worldwide effort, over the next 20 years, for tackling threats to people’s health that … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Diseases / Bird flu / Disease Control / East Africa / Emerging Diseases / Kenya

Implications of avian flu for economic development in Kenya

Kenya is vulnerable to avian flu given its position along migratory bird routes and proximity to other high risk countries. This raises concern about the effect an outbreak could have on economic development. We use a dynamic computable general equilibrium model of Kenya to simulate potential outbreaks of different severities, durations and geographic spreads. Results … Continue reading

Animal Health / Bird flu / Disease Control / Emerging Diseases / Livestock / Zoonotic Diseases

Managing the risk of emerging diseases: From rhetoric to action

In the last fifteen years the world witnessed the emergence of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or Mad Cow disease in the United Kingdom, Hendra virus in Australia, Nipah virus in Malaysia, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in China, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) or Bird Flu in Southeast Asia, and most recently Pandemic H1N1 Influenza, … Continue reading

Animal Health / Bird flu / Disease Control / Europe / Zoonotic Diseases

Swiss tackle the threat of animal diseases

BSE, bird flu, foot and mouth, bluetongue, swine flu – it’s been an active decade for animal diseases and Swiss authorities are now preparing for the next wave. As veterinary experts know, it’s not a question of if the next big disease outbreak happens but when, something that the new Swiss animal health strategy aims … Continue reading

Animal Diseases / Bird flu / Disease Control / Human Health / Zoonotic Diseases

After H1N1, researchers warn of a potential new superbug

When the 2009 H1N1 flu virus emerged last April, it triggered the first new pandemic in more than 40 years, producing endless headlines and panic. But, now, some 10 months into the pandemic, the public’s fear has subsided. H1N1 turned out to be relatively weak, and action by global and national health officials has helped … Continue reading

Animal Diseases / Bird flu / Disease Control

Preparing for highly pathogenic avian influenza

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) represents a threat to poultry industries worldwide and to people’s livelihoods, and a potential threat to human health. The international community has a vested interest in minimizing the spread of this disease. Countries may be under threat of introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza through unregulated poultry trade and marketing … Continue reading