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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.

  • 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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Wild Frank (DMAX): How does Covid affect animals?

Frank Cuesta echo the Project that studies the potential impact of Covid19 on pets and lynxes on the TV show "The New Reality".

The show aired on January 10 at 9:30 p.m. Frank interview the Director of the Veterinary Hospital of the Complutense University, Dolores Pérez-Alenza, and to the coordinator of the project, José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno at the VISAVET Health Surveillance Centre facilities.

Source: Discovery Networks. Watch the full TV show https://www.discoveryplus.es/ 

Global emergence and evolutionary dynamics of bluetongue virus

Research article published in Scientific Reports journal

Abstract: Bluetongue virus (BTV) epidemics are responsible for worldwide economic losses of up to US$ 3 billion. Understanding the global evolutionary epidemiology of BTV is critical in designing intervention programs. Here we employed phylodynamic models to quantify the evolutionary characteristics, spatiotemporal origins, and multi-host transmission dynamics of BTV across the globe. We inferred that goats are the ancestral hosts for BTV but are less likely to be important for cross-species transmission, sheep and cattle continue to be important for the transmission and maintenance of infection between other species. Our models pointed to China and India, countries with the highest population of goats, as the likely ancestral country for BTV emergence and dispersal worldwide over 1000 years ago. However, the increased diversification and dispersal of BTV coincided with the initiation of transcontinental livestock trade after the 1850s. Our analysis uncovered important epidemiological aspects of BTV that may guide future molecular surveillance of BTV.

Moh A Alkhamis, Cecilia Aguilar-Vega, Nicholas M Fountain-Jones, Kai Lin, Andres M Perez, José M Sánchez-Vizcaíno

 Artículo de acceso abierto

2020: a year of pandemics

José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno

Conference "2020: a year of pandemics" by José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno Rodríguez, Professor of Animal Health at the Complutense University of Madrid. Dr. Honoris Causa by the University of Murcia.

Free access with this invitation (1st of December 18:30h)