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.
Jose Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno & Lina Mur wrote this outreach article about ASF in www.pig333.com.
The SUAT team want to congratulate the new year2012. For us it is especially important because we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our research group and want to celebrate and share with you by organizing a conference in the month of October to which you are all invited.
We also want to remind you of September 4 to 7 will be held the IX International Congress of Veterinary Virology at which you are also invited and already have official website: www.esvv2012.com. From February 1 will enable the delivery of communications and of entries.
From November 28th to December 2nd, we received the visit of two experts from the Russian National Reference Laboratory for the diagnosis of African Swine Fever (ASF).
This course is framed within the "Twinning Project" between the reference laboratory of the OIE for ASF (VISAVET-UCM) and the National Laboratory of Virology and Microbiology Research in Veterinary Pokrov, Russia.
This course was mainly focused on practical learning and training in classical virology diagnostic techniques on ASF. During the week, participants worked in the VISAVET Centre Biosafety level 3 Area (BSL-3), learning the culture of macrophages, hemadsorption, direct immunofluorescence and serological techniques (ELISA and IB).
More information: Twinning projects between laboratories of the OIE.