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  • Vigiasan: Proyecto de Innovación Empleo de Tecnologías para evaluar el estado de salud, bienestar y productividad en ganado

  • VACDIVA quiere 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
  • Proyecto de Innovación "Empleo de Tecnologías para evaluar el estado de salud, bienestar y productividad en ganado"
  • 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.
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Albéitar 2012 award

Consejo Andaluz de Colegios Oficiales de Veterinarios (CACV)

The Andalusian Council of Official Associations of Veterinarians (CACV) has awarded this year's 2012 Albeitar prize in the scientific category to José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno. This is the second edition of these awards, whose purpose is to recognize the work carried out by people and institutions in favor of the development and improvement of the exercise of the veterinary profession and are granted to the Scientific, Disclosure and Institutional categories.

The award ceremony will take place on March 6 at the headquarters of the Rector of Granada.

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.

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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