Tag: disease

Abstracts: The pig as an amplifying host for new and emerging zoonotic viruses

Pig production is a rapidly growing segment of the global livestock sector, especially in Asia and Africa. Expansion and intensification of pig production has resulted in significant changes to traditional pig husbandry practices leading to an environment conducive to increased emergence and spread of infectious diseases. These include a number […]

Japanese encephalitis detection, deaths increase

Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) has been detected in piggeries across several states, with two human deaths now reported.   In early March Mark Schipp said JEV has been diagnosed at one piggery in Victoria’s north, one piggery and Queensland and six piggeries in NSW, […]

A timely health check for endangered eastern gorillas

While the world’s attention is currently focused on the Ebola crisis in western Africa, a virus that has been responsible for the deaths of almost one third of the region’s gorillas and many thousands of chimpanzees, as well as humans, in eastern Africa’s Democratic Republic of Congo veterinarian Alisa Kubala’s […]

Vets and doctors warned of potential epidemic

  Bartonella could be responsible for a hidden epidemic of disease in animals and humans, according to a US veterinary infectious disease expert. Edward Breitschwerdt, from the Centre for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, updated doctors and veterinarians at the Australasian […]