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Peste Porcina en Cerdeña: Se reducen los focos en un 90% en la islaLos focos de Peste Porcina Africana se han reducido en Cerdeña en un 90% desde el año 2012;  año en el que se inició  el convenio científico-técnico para la erradicación de la Peste Porcina Africana entre el Gobierno de Cerdeña y el grupo SUAT-VISAVET, liderado por el Prof. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno.

Así lo recoge el informe presentado por el Gobierno de la isla en una rueda de prensa el pasado 11 Abril , que también fue expuesto en el  4º seminario internacional del GARA (Alianza Global sobre Peste Porcina Africana), el cual tuvo lugar en Cerdeña los días 11, 12, 13 y 14 de abril de 2018.

La noticia ha sido recogida por varios medios de comunicación:

- Ansa
- Unione Sarda
- Regione Sardegna
- La nouva Sardegna

This week we have the pleasure of hosting Dr. Jürgen A. Richt, Regents Distinguished Professor and Eminent Scholar for Kansas Bioscience Authority, from Kansas State University.

The visit is focused on fostering the collaboration between Kansas State University and SUAT-UCM in the exchange of knowledge concerning  ASF new diagnosis methods.

Plos OneNew research article published entitled "An advection-deposition-survival model to assess the risk of introduction of vector-borne diseases through the wind: Application to bluetongue outbreaks in Spain".

This work develops a methodology for estimating risk of wind-borne introduction of flying insects into a country, identifying areas and periods of high risk of vector-borne diseases incursion. This risk can be characterized by the role of suitable temperatures and wind currents in small insects' survival and movements, respectively. The model predicts the number density of introduced insects over space and time based on three processes: the advection due to wind currents, the deposition on the ground and the survival due to climatic conditions. Spanish livestock has suffered many bluetongue outbreaks since 2004 and numerous experts point to Culicoides transported by wind from affected areas in North Africa as a possible cause. This work implements numerical experiments simulating the introduction of Culicoides in 2004. The model identified southern and eastern Spain, particularly between June and November, as being at greatest risk of wind-borne Culicoides introduction, which matches field data on bluetongue outbreaks in Spain this year. This validation suggests that this model may be useful for predicting introduction of airborne pathogens of significance to animal productivity.

Fernandez-Carrion E., Ivorra B., Ramos AM., Martinez-Lopez B., Aguilar-Vega C., Sanchez-Vizcaino JM.

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El pasado 19 Diciembre el Profesor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno fue nombrado "Adjunct Professor" del Veterinary Population Medicine Department, de la Universidad de Minnesota, para el curso 2017-2018, en reconocimento a su contribución académica en dicho departamento.

CATBOn December 20, Dr. José Ángel Barasona will participate in this course with the presentation: New scientific studies 2013-2016 on epidemiology and wildlife. Future perspectives.

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