Welcome to Animal Health, your reference Web for 16 years

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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UCM-Kansas State University Research Collaboration

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.

UCM-Kansas State University Research Collaboration

PLoS One new research published

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.

Open access article

The outline of African Swine Fever

Hokkaido UniversityOn December 6, Professor Sánchez-Vizcaíno will visit the Hokkaido University in Japan to give the seminar "The outline of African Swine Fever".

Event pictures:

The outline of African Swine Fever

The outline of African Swine Fever

The outline of African Swine Fever

XIII SECEM Congress

XIII Congreso SECEMThe Spanish Society for the Conservation and Study of Mammals has held its thirteenth congress in Guadalajara from 6 to 9 December. The Viral Immunology and Preventive Medicine group has participated with the following communications:

  • Situación sanitaria de carnívoros silvestres en Castilla-La Mancha: preparando el terreno para el lince ibérico.
    Lima-Barbero JF., Barasona JA., Ruiz Alba JF., Mata Huete M., Triguero-Ocana R., Risalde MA., Ferreras P., Diaz Ruiz F., Tobajas J., Boadella M. y Gortazar C.
  • Efecto de la tortuosidad sobre las estimas del rango diario de desplazamiento: el jabalí (Sus scrofa) como caso de estudio.
    Palencia P., Barroso P., Vicente J., Barasona JA. y Acevedo P.
  • Actualización de la peste porcina africana en la interfaz jabalí/porcino doméstico: medidas preventivas.
    Jurado C., Ruiz-Fons F., Sanchez-Vizcaino JM. y Barasona JA.
  • El incremento poblacional del jabalí amenaza la fauna silvestre asociada a los humedales.
    Barasona JA., Boadella M., Gortazar C., Pinheiro X., Zumalacarregui C., Vicente J. y Vinuela J.
  • Primeros datos de área de campeo del jabalí (Sus scrofa, L. 1758) en Galicia (Póster).
    Pardavila-Rodriguez X., Lamosa-Torres A., Carro-Marino F., Vicente J., Barasona JA., Acevedo P. y Soriguer R.
  • Monitorización sanitaria del lince ibérico reintroducido en Castilla-La Mancha (Póster).
    Lima-Barbero JF., Crespo E., Garcia-Talens A. y Barasona JA.

Body temperature and motion: Evaluation of an online monitoring system in pigs challenged with Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome Virus

New research article published in Research in Veterinary Science journal.

Research in Veterinary ScienceHighly contagious and emerging diseases cause significant losses in the pig producing industry worldwide. Rapid and exact acquisition of real-time data, like body temperature and animal movement from the production facilities would enable early disease detection and facilitate adequate response. In this study, carried out within the European Union research project RAPIDIA FIELD, we tested an online monitoring system on pigs experimentally infected with the East European subtype 3 Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) strain Lena. We linked data from different body temperature measurement methods and the real-time movement of the pigs.

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