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.