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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.

  • El principal objetivo de VACDIVA es resolver el problema de la Peste Porcina Africana (PPA) en Europa y en los países afectados, desarrollando vacunas seguras y efectivas para cerdos domésticos y jabalíes, tests de diagnóstico y herramientas para estrategias de control y erradicación en Europa
  • 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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Allen D. Leman Swine Conference

On Saturday, September 14 and 16, Professor Sánchez-Vizcaíno visited the University of Minnesota to participate as a speaker at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference with this presentations:

- "Global situation of ASF and the different epidemiological scenarios"
- "ASF Risk Analysis in Practice"

This conference is internationally acclaimed for bringing science-driven solutions to the complex challenges facing the industry. Each year hundreds of participants from over 20 countries attend the Leman Swine Conference.

Conference website

Nucleotide sequence variations may be associated with virulence of deformed wing virus

New research article published in Apidologie journal

Western honey bees (Apis mellifera) are key players in crop pollination and in the maintenance of global biodiversity. Their viability is threatened by Varroa destructor, which acts as a vector of the deformed wing virus (DWV). Several genetic DWV variants have been reported, but it is unclear whether their virulence differs. We examined the prevalence of V. destructor and DWV as well as bee health in two colonies over 21 months and then characterizing DWV variants from each colony using phylogenetics. Colony H showed no signs of disease or mortality, and DWV sequence from this colony clustered with VDV/DWV-B sequences previously reported in healthy colonies. Colony W showed DWV symptoms, and DWV sequence clustered with DWV-A sequences previously reported in colonies with symptoms. These results suggest that nucleotide variations in the DWV genome can affect its virulence. Genotyping DWV variants in colonies may be an effective tool to assess risk and initiate preventive measures early.

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Seminar on African Swine Fever in South Korea for veterinarians and cattle ranchers

During May 22, 23 and 25, Prof. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno has held a series of seminars in South Korea, organized by the company Dodrom, on the prevention and control of African swine fever. At the same time, he has held a meeting with those responsible for animal health of the Ministry of Agriculture of the country.

Seminario sobre Peste Porcina Africana en Korea del Sur  para Veterinarios y Ganaderos

The seminars taught were the following:

  • Global situation of African Swine Fever
  • African Swine Fever Control and Erradication. Routes of Transmission
  • Analisis of Clinical signs and pathological lessions
  • Laboratory Diagnosis. 
  • African Swine Fever: Present and Future control. 

First oral vaccination against African Swine Fever

The international scientific journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science has published the study "First Oral Vaccination of Eurasian Wild Boar Against African Swine Fever Virus Genotype II", which is being developed in Spain under the direction of the Professor of Animal Health José Manuel Sánchez Vizcaíno at the Complutense University of Madrid.

 Open access article

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