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Fig: Chlamydia-infected epithelial cells (c/o Workgroup Knittler, FLI)

DFG supports project on cell-autonomous defense mechanism

11 August 2014

For the next three years, the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) will support a project of PD Dr. Michael Knittler (Institute of Immunology of the FLI) on the investigation of cell-autonomous defense mechanims of chlamydial infections. The planned investigations aim to increase the understanding of the intracellular life cycle of chlamydiae and to contribute to the development of novel strategies to control chlamydial infections. In the frame of the Priority Programme „Intracellular Compartments as Places of Pathogen-Host Interaction“ the DFG will provide funding for personnel and material expenses.

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Foto: Tusker with unspecific symptoms (Photo: Sandra Blome, FLI)

African swine fever

08 August 2014

Since the beginning of the year, 80 cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been detected in the Eastern European countries Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. The most recent cases have been reported from Latvia.

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Foto: Tusker with unspecific symptoms (Photo: Sandra Blome, FLI)

African Swine Fever at the borders of the EU

25 July 2014

In July, more cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) have occurred in Latvia and Poland. In Poland, first cases in domestic pigs have been observed. Furthermore, Lithuania has reported individual cases of ASF in domestic pigs and wild boar. All infected animals were found close to the Belorussian border. The Latvian cases were registered outside of the defined restriction zones.
The occurrence of these new cases does not require any modifications to the risk assessment of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut on a possible introduction of this animal disease from Eastern Europe.

Foto: Tusker with unspecific symptoms (Photo: Sandra Blome, FLI)

African Swine Fever in the EU at the Belorussian border

11 July 2014

In early July, cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) have again been detected in Latvia and Poland. The EU member state Lithuania had also reported isolated cases of ASF in domestic pigs and wild boar. All infected animals were found close to the Belorussian border. The occurrence of these new cases does not require any modifications of the risk assessment of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut on a possible introduction of this animal disease from Eastern Europe.

Abb.: Im Fokus ; 3 : Titelblatt

New issue "Im Fokus" published

Foot pad dermatitis as well as injuries resulting from pecks by conspecifics („cannibalism“) are relevant diseases in turkey husbandry both with respect to animal welfare and from an economic point of view. Scientists of the Institute of Animal Welfare and Animal Husbandry report on the causes of these phenomena and ways of prevention.

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Photo: Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas C. Mettenleiter, President of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, and Prof. Dr. Johanna Eleonore Weber, Rector of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, signing the collaboration agreement on 14 April 2014

University of Greifswald and FLI sign collaboration agreement

The Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI), will intensify their collaboration. On 14 April 2014 the Rector of the University of Greifswald, Professor Dr. Johanna Eleonore Weber, the President of the FLI, Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Thomas C. Mettenleiter and Prof. Dr. Rainer Biffar, representative of the University Medicine Executive Board, signed a collaboration agreement on scientific cooperation.

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Joint research projects on improved vaccines against rabies

FLI and IDT Biologika sign collaboration agreement

FLI and IDT Biologika have signed a collaboration agreement for joint research on rabies vaccines. With this agreement, the two partners continue their meanwhile traditional research relationship, which began almost forty years ago with the development of oral vaccines against fox rabies. The aim for the next two years is to improve available rabies vaccines and to develop new ones.

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Abb.: Qualitative Risikobewertung zur Einschleppung der Afrikanischen Schweinepest nach Deutschland aus Osteuropa, Stand April 2014 : Titelblatt

Risk assessment on the introduction of African swine fever in Germany from Eastern Europe

The risk of entry of ASF into Germany through illegal transportation and disposal of contaminated material is estimated as high by the FLI. The risk of entry of contaminated pork meat and from pork derived products by vehicles or people along the main traffic routes is judged as high in the context of a “worst case scenario”. The risk of entry via hunting tourism in affected are-as and carrying back trophies from such areas is estimated as moderate. The risk of direct spread through infected wild boar is assessed as moderate.
The summary of the risk assessment is available in English.

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