The Animal Health Scientific Community in particular those that work in African Swine Fever are living sad days due to the irreparable loss of our dear friend and colleague Cristiana Patta.
On February 17th died prematurely in Sassari, Sardinia, our dear Cristiana after a long battle against cancer. All who were fortunate to know and work with her can never forget. It was a great pleasure to work with her. Its elegant and great sympathy leadership made the long and sometimes difficult meetings were productive while very encouraging and positive.
Cristiana was one of the researchers most vital in the fight against African Swine Fever, a disease to which she devoted most of his professional life, first as a specialist in diagnosis and later as head of the control and eradication program in Sardinia. A happy and lively woman, tireless and tenacious, with great qualities for communication and human relations. We lost a great professional and a dear and close friend.
In this sad time we must remember specially and send all our love to her partner Giuseppe, to her mother and all her friends and colleagues of the Istituto Sperimentale della Sardegna Zooprofilattico.
Rest in Peace forever dear and unforgettable friend.
During this month of February Professor Sanchez-Vizcaino will give two lectures on "Schmallenberg virus".
On 22 February in Seville in the Official College of Veterinarians of Seville, entitled "Virus Schmallenger: Review of the known aspects of this disease. Potential risk of entry into our country." Program and poster (Spanish text)
23rd in Madrid organized by the College of Veterinarians of Madrid. More info
With the recent detection of Schmallenberg virus using metagenomics techniques, many doubts have appeared about that method. Prof Jose Manuel Sánchez -Vizcaíno and Consuelo Rubio answer all these questions in a divulgative paper published by the Official College of Veterinarians of Madrid.
Available online (in Spanish): Metagenomics, a tecnique to identify new viruses
Complete and updated review of the origin, epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and control of virus Schmallemberg (VSB) and an assessment of current risk of occurrence of the same our country, published by the Official College of Veterinarians of Madrid and conducted by Jose Manuel Sanchez Vizcaino and Victor Rodriguez-Prieto.
Full text: Notes on Schmallenberg disease (Spanish text)
We release the new section Emerging Diseases online, which will show updated information on diseases such as African swine fever or Schmallenberg virus.
Interesting report broadcasted by the Spanish Public Television (TVE), Agrosfera program, in which Professor Sánchez-Vizcaíno talks about the new disease of Schmallenberg.
From minutes 15 to 17 video (audio in Spanish).
Where? Assembly hall School of Veterinary Medicine.
When? February 7th, 2012. 11:30 am.
Presentation "Epidemiological situation of the new disease of Schmallenberg. Risk for Spain" (Spanish)
New in the media: La Verdad de Murcia (Spanish)
New published by EFE agency in which the professor José Manuel Sánchez Vizcaíno says that althought there is a "high probability" that the pathogen did not affect Spain in its first wave, it is absolutely necessary to wait before discard safely the presence of the virus, due to the difficulty to detect the virus until abortions occur and the warm autumn with proliferation of the vectors.
La FAO junto a la OIE organizan el "Fourth GF-TADS for Europe Steering Committee meeting (SC4) of the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases for the Europe" que tendrá lugar en Bruselas los días 26 y 27 de enero.
El Profesor Sánchez-Vizcaíno ha sido invitado a participar con una ponencia sobre el estado de la investigación en la Peste Porcina Africana.