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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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First outbreak of bluetongue virus in Spain in the period of vector activity 2012-2013

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros  & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
November 7th, 2012. SUAT-UCM

On November 6, the first outbreak of bluetongue virus of vector activity 2012 – 2013 has been declared on a bovine sentinel farm located in Malpartida de Plasencia (Caceres, Spain). Confirmation of disease has been carried out by the Central Veterinary Laboratory Algete indicating that this is an outbreak of serotype 1. This fact implies the recurrence of the disease in Spain in 2012 in a restricted zone of the disease, so that no restrictions are set on the animal movements.

 Primer foco de Lengua Azul
Fig. 8: First outbreak of bluetongue virus in Spain in the new period of vector activity 2012-2013. 
Source: Red de Alerta Sanitaria (MAGRAMA).

Evolution of Bluetongue in Spain 2011-2012

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros  & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
October 30th, 2012. SUAT-UCM

Evolution of Bluetongue in Spain in the period of vector activity of 2011-2012.

In the period of vector activity of 2011 - 2012 (October to March) have been reported twelve outbreaks of bluetongue (BTV) in Spain. The serotypes responsible of the outbreak have been the serotype 1 and 4, not finding any outbreak of serotype 8 in this period (the last outbreak in 2010) (Figure 7). Nine outbreaks of serotype 1 have been declared between October and January. These outbreaks have been detected in sentinel farms in the province of Caceres and on the border in the province of Salamanca, where outbreaks have been detected in the recent years. From this date has not shown the presence of further outbreaks of the disease. In addition, the serotype 4 was detected in March 2012 within the restriction zone for serotypes 1, 4 and 8 in the provinces of Huelva and Seville, highlighting its detection in wildlife.

 Focos de Lengua Azul notificados en España durante el periodo de actividad del vector de 2011 a 2012 

Fig. 7:  Bluetongue outbreaks in Spain in the period of vector activity of 2011-2012. 
Source: Based on information from Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment MAGRAMA

In addition, this period was marked by the modification of the Order ARM/3373/2010 by the Order ARM/1614/2011. This Order established a model voluntary vaccination since July 31, 2011. Therefore, the important awareness of veterinarians and farmers of the benefits of vaccination as a control measure for the disease and their appropriate application has allowed to continue a favorable epidemiological evolution, decreasing the number of outbreaks in this period (table 2).

  evolucion epidemiologica lengua azul 2011-2012

Edwige Nina Belliere PhD Thesis

Tesis Edwige Nina BelliereCum laude for the Edwige Belliere Nina PhD Thesis: "Advances in cetaceans virology: molecular characterization of new sequences of Herpesvirus morbilllivirus" directed by Jose Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaino and Fernando Esperon.


Tesis Doctoral de Edwige Nina Belliere

Second SBV wave

Víctor Rodríguez Prieto & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
October 1st, 2012.  SUAT-UCM

The second season of Schmallenberg disease has begun.

     In the first epidemic wave Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection affected eight countries in the European Union: Germany (December 2011), Netherlands (December 2011), Belgium (December 2011), United Kingdom (January 2012), France (January 2012), Italy(February 2012), Luxembourg (February 2012) and Spain (March 2012). Though the end of the season was declared to be at the end of May 2012, Denmark declared the first fetus affected by the SBV infection in June in the island of Funen (Figure 1, detail), while some weeks before antibodies against the virus were found in cattle in Jutland (Figure 1, detail). Moreover, the virus was detected in pools of midges of the genus Culicoides (species unknown yet) caught in October 2011, which means SBV has been circulating in very northern latitudes.

 Localización SBV Europa

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West Nile in Europe

Víctor Rodríguez Prieto & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
September 17th, 2012.  SUAT-UCM

Situation of West Nile in european environment in 2012.

In the European Union West Nile (WN) cases have only been reported during 2012 in equine in Greece and Croatia (Figure 1). Greece began suffering the disease in horses in 2010. Since then, at least 59 horses have been affected by the WN virus infection. As for Croatia, this is the first time that WN outbreaks are reported, having affected six horses. This is not surprisingly, given the active movement that the virus is having in recent years in the area (Figure 1). Although official data is not available yet, it is likely that lineage 2 is the responsible for the outbreaks in both countries.

Brotes de West Nile en caballos en Europa y la cuenca mediterránea desde 1999 hasta 2012.

Fig. 1. West Nile outbreaks in horses in Europe and the Mediterranean from 1999 to 2012. 
The blue stars show the outbreaks reported during 2012 in Croatia and Greece 
(Source: self elaboration with data from WAHID-OIE; last update September 17th, 2012).

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