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We belong to the VISAVET Research Centre from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). We work in research and teaching on animal infectious diseases.

 
  • Queremos agradeceros todo el apoyo y fidelidad que nos habéis dado durante estos 16 años, estrenando nuevo diseño Web compatible con dispositivos móviles. A partir de septiembre habrá nuevas secciones. Os deseamos un feliz verano!
  • Somos Laboratorio de Referencia de la Organización Mundial de la Sanidad Animal (OIE) en Peste Porcina Africana (PPA) y Peste Equina Africana PEA.
  • Realizamos el diagnóstico de los principales virus que afectan a las abejas, siendo pioneros en el desarrollo y puesta a punto de nuevas técnicas para su estudio.
  • La investigación epidemiologica de la Peste Porcina Clásica y Africana (PPC y PPA) son dos de nuestras prioridades.
  • En SUAT trabajamos en la aplicación de la termografía a la sanidad animal, especialmente ventajosa en animales en libertad y de zoo.
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Spain declared free of serotype 8 of Bluetongue virus

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
January 16th, 2013. SUAT-UCM

On 15th January 2013, Spain has proceeded to declared itself free of serotype 8 of bluetongue virus, since the region of Campo de Gibraltar (Cadiz) satisfy the health requirements to achieve this health status. This fact has been achieved through proper control and eradication strategy based on vaccination and control of animal movements.

The serotype 8 of the bluetongue virus appeared for the first time in Spain in January 2008. The system of disease surveillance implemented in Spain allowed the early detection the entry of new serotype, and the implementation of rapid and effective control measures based on vaccination and movement control, achieved a limited spread.

The restriction zones of Spain as of January 2013 are: Canary and Balearic Island are considered free of disease; Spain mainland would be considered restriction zone for serotype 1 and four provinces in southern Spain also have this category for serotype 4.

 

España libre de Lengua Azul
Fig. 6: Bluetongue restriction zones in Spain as of January 2013
Source: Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentacion y Medio Ambiente (MAGRAMA), 2013

This advance in the fight against BTV relaxes restrictions on exports of cattle, sheep and goats from Spain. Highlight that currently in Europe only the islands of Corsica (France) and Sardinia (Italy) remain as restricted area for serotype 8.

Links: RASVE

Bluetongue situation (December)

The Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente has published the "Informe de Situación de Lengua Azul (Diciembre 2012) (Status Bluetongue Report: December 2012)". This  document communicates the epidemiological status of Bluetongue in Spain in December 2012. This date coincides with the month in which Spain is almost entirely vector free period (Overview seasonally vector free periods).

Report explains the evolution of the disease and vaccination programs. It also discussed in-depth the evolution of Bluetongue in Spain during the vector activity period 2011-2012 and the beginning of the 2012-2013 period, as well as the current health situation of neighboring countries. In conclusion the report highlights the favorable epidemiological evolution of the disease in recent years, remarking the importance of appropriate vaccination programs.

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Zonas estacionalmente libres de vectores

Detection of serotype 14 of bluetongue virus in Baltic states and Poland

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros  & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
  November 27th, 2012. SUAT-UCM

In November 2012, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have informed at the European Commission of the detection of animals positive for bluetongue virus. In addition, Poland has made the virus sequencing obtaining results highly compatible with the serotype 14 of bluetongue virus. Thus, every country has implemented the immobilization of positive farms and epidemiological study (MAGRAMA, 2012).

Furthermore, Russian government reported the detection bluetongue serotype 14 in Belarus and Russia to animals imported from Europe (PROMED, 2012). Note that the last outbreak of bluetongue serotype 14 in Russia was reported in March 2012.

The trade of the Spanish livestock sector influenced by this disease is characterized by historically imported large numbers of live bovine animals, sheep and goats from Poland and Lithuania (Agencia tributaria, DATACOMEX, 2012). Hence, an increase of the control measure at border crossings is essential to prevent the entry of a new serotype of the bluetongue in Spain.

In response, the Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente (MAGRAMA) reported to the Veterinary Services of the Autonomous Communities that increase the surveillance in animals susceptible to bluetongue from the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Poland.

 

Links:
RASVE-MAPAMA
ProMed-mail 

10th Anniversary SUAT-UCM (2002-2012)

10th anniversary SUAT-UCM

El próximo día 23 de Noviembre se cumplirán 10 años del nacimiento del grupo SUAT en el Centro VISAVET de la Universidad Complutense.

 

Durante estos 10 años han sido muchas las personas que han colaborado con nosotros y deseamos expresaros nuestro agradecimiento mas sincero. Empezando por las distintos miembros de SUAT que habéis trabajado a lo largo de estos años en el grupo, los alumnos internos, los colaboradores externos nacionales e internacionales, las instituciones y las empresas colaboradoras. A todos muchísimas gracias por vuestra ayuda y colaboración.

En estos años se han llevado a cabo 13 Proyectos Europeos, 15 Nacionales, Se han publicado 66 Trabajos científicos SCI, 16 Libros, 12 Tesis Doctorales (dos de ellas con premio extraordinario), 10 Diplomas de Estudios Avanzados, 7 Trabajos de Máster, se han realizado varios cursos nacionales e internacionales así como se han diseñado 6 Programas educativos informáticos on line.

Todo esto lo podéis ver en nuestra web y esperamos que cuando la situación económica mejore podamos celebrarlo todos juntos.

De momento Feliz Cumpleaños a todos y muchísimas gracias por vuestra ayuda y colaboración.

Grupo SUAT

New restriction map of Bluetongue in Europe

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros  & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
   November 16th, 2012. SUAT-UCM 

European Commission has carried out the modification of the restriction zones for Bluetongue serotypes in Europe. The changes in the new distribution of Bluetongue affect to Spain. See “Most of Spain declared free of serotype 8 of Bluetongue”

Áreas de restricción para los diferentes serotipos de la Lengua Azul en Europa a fecha de 14 de noviembre de 2012 
Fig.: Restriction areas for different serotypes of Bluetongue in Europe as of November, 2012
Source: European Commission

Foot and mouth disease simulation exercise in Castilla La Mancha, Spain

During 19 and 20 November 2012 a foot and mouth disease (FMD) simulation exercise in real time has been organized in the region of Castilla La Mancha with the colaboration between , the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA), the Autonomous Community of Castilla-La Mancha and our group SUAT-VISAVET.

In that exercise, clinical symptoms compatible with the disease have been reproduced in a private cattle breeding farm located in the town of Talavera de la Reina (Toledo. The activities of different services involved have been monitoring, from the private veterinarians, veterinary services from MAGRAMA, sample taking and sending to National Reference Laboratory (LCV Algete) and the communication of suspicion.

This simulation exercise had been previously reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the European Commission.

Simulacro de Fiebre Aftosa en Castilla La Mancha

This field simulation exercise, aims mainly at reviewing and verifying the National and Autonomous emergency plans, the control measures and the eradication of a FMD outbreak in Spain with a view to identifying improvements to be made in the plans, instructions, structures and procedures.

The specific objectives of this simulation exercise are the following:

  1. Evaluate the coordination between the MAGRAMA and the Autonomous Communities (CCAA) when facing a notification of an FMD outbreak in Spain;
  2. Evaluate the existence and/or the efficiency of the MAGRAMA and CCAA contingency plans for FMD;
  3. Evaluate the veterinary services capacity of the CCAA to identify the farms susceptible to be affected by an FMD outbreak;
  4. Evaluate the veterinary services actions of the CCAA in case they need to send potentially FMD infected samples to a laboratory;
  5. Evaluate the response of the National reference laboratory in case of reception of the FMD samples.

Yesterday afternoon (20th of November) the field simulation ended with a press conference where the Deputy Director General of Primary Production Sanitary Safety, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA), the Director General of Agriculture and Livestock of Castilla-La Mancha and Prof. Jose Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaino, explained the key points of the exercise.

The new in the media: OIE / MAGRAMA / Castilla-La Mancha / Europapress / 20minutos / Qué / La Tribuna de Toledo / Terra / teinteresa.es / Agro información / La cerca / Radio Surco / Ferias y mercados

Most of Spain declared free of serotype 8 of Bluetongue

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros  & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
  November 14th, 2012. SUAT-UCM

On 14 November 2012, Spain has proceeded to declare itself free of serotype 8 of the bluetongue virus (BTV), except the region of Campo de Gibraltar (Cadiz). This action is performed according to Regulation 1266/2007 and Directive 2000/75/EC, after three years of absence of virus circulation of this serotype in Spain. The appropriate strategy for control and eradication of the disease from the entrance of this serotype in Spain in 2008 allowed control the BTV, declaring the last outbreak of serotype 8 in Spain (excluding the region of Campo de Gibraltar) in February 2009. Highlight that this region will expect that reach this status in 2013, as reported the last outbreak of serotype 8 in November 2010.

The restriction zones of Spain as of November 2012 are: Canary and Balearic Island are considered free of disease; Spain mainland would be considered restriction zone for serotype 1, four provinces in southern Spain also have this category for serotype 4 and the region of Campo de Gibraltar also includes serotype 8. 

Zonas de restriccion Lengua Azul en España a fecha de noviembre 2012

Fig. 6: Bluetongue restriction zones in Spain as of November 2012. Source: MAGRAMA, 2012.

This advance in the fight against BTV relaxes restrictions on exports of cattle, sheep and goats from Spain.

Links: https://servicio.mapama.gob.es/rasve/

First outbreak of bluetongue virus in Spain in the period of vector activity 2012-2013

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros  & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
November 7th, 2012. SUAT-UCM

On November 6, the first outbreak of bluetongue virus of vector activity 2012 – 2013 has been declared on a bovine sentinel farm located in Malpartida de Plasencia (Caceres, Spain). Confirmation of disease has been carried out by the Central Veterinary Laboratory Algete indicating that this is an outbreak of serotype 1. This fact implies the recurrence of the disease in Spain in 2012 in a restricted zone of the disease, so that no restrictions are set on the animal movements.

 Primer foco de Lengua Azul
Fig. 8: First outbreak of bluetongue virus in Spain in the new period of vector activity 2012-2013. 
Source: Red de Alerta Sanitaria (MAGRAMA).