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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FLI institute renamed
With effect from March 1st, the Institute of Molecular Biology of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut located at the FLI headquarters Insel Riems has been renamed Institute of Molecular Virology and Cell Biology (IMVZ). The new name better reflects the institute’s current major areas of research. The IMVZ mainly conducts research on virus host cell interactions and uses modern imaging techniques such as live-cell imaging (real-time high resolution visualization of virological-cell biological processes) and MALDI imaging (mass spectrometric investigation of biological preparations in situ).
Vaccine research: Scientist participates in international young investigator program
The international scientific journal Vaccine and the Edward Jenner Society will shortly launch their new „Young Investigator Program (YIP)“ for the promotion of promising young scientists in vaccine research. Dr. Kerstin Wernike of the Institute of Diagnostic Virology of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) is among the first ten participants who will be supported in the publication of their scientific work.
African swine fever in Poland
18 February 2014
After Lithuania at the end of January, Poland now has also reported a case of African swine fever in a wild boar at the Byelorussian border. The animal disease has thus reached EU territory. An introduction into other countries of the European Union cannot be excluded. Animal holders, veterinarians and hunters therefore are requested to increasingly pay attention to acute symptoms in domestic pigs and an increased occurrence of dead wildlife (wild boar).
The FLI provides updated information on African swine fever (Fact sheets).
FLI Scientists discover new bacteria
During investigations of a psittacosis outbreak in Germany in 2005 the workgroup of Konrad Sachse, Institute of Molecular Pathogenesis of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut in Jena, has discovered so far unknown bacterial species. After intensive research conducted by an international team, the new species Chlamydia avium and Chlamydia gallinacea can now be presented in the scientific journal Systematic and Applied Microbiology.
African swine fever in Lithuania
African swine fever has been detected in wild boar in two regions of Lithuania at the Byelorussian border. The animal disease has thus reached EU territory. An introduction into other countries of the European Union cannot be excluded. Animal holders, veterinarians and hunters therefore are requested to increasingly pay attention to acute symptoms in domestic pigs and an increased occurrence of dead wildlife (wild boar). The FLI provides updated information on African swine fever (Fact sheets).
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut closes Wusterhausen site
By the end of this year the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut will close its site in Wusterhausen, Brandenburg. The Institute of Epidemiology so far located at this site will continue its work at the FLI headquarters on the island of Riems.
Modern Animal Disease Diagnostics in Germany
6. Riemser Diagnostiktage in Greifswald
On November 21 and 22, recent developments in the field of animal disease diagnostics will be presented at the “6. Riemser Diagnostiktage“ held at the Alfried-Krupp-Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald. The conference is organized jointly every other year by the FLI and the Working Group for Veterinary Infection Diagnostics (Arbeitskreis für veterinärmedizinische Infektionsdiagnostik, AVID) of the German Veterinary Medical Society (DVG). This year, approximately 200 participants are expected.
Second issue "Im Fokus" published
In the second issue of our scientific series “Im Fokus” scientists of the Institute of Immunology describe how cells fend off invading pathogens by „recycling processes“ and present them to the immune system. The results have important implications for the future design of therapeutic strategies.
Risk assessment on the re-introduction and occurrence of highly pathogenic influenza virus
In its recent risk assessment, the FLI assesses the risk of re-introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of the subtypes H5 and H7 (HPAIV H5N1 und HPAIV H7N7) into domestic poultry holdings by illegal trade from third countries as high. For legal trade and trade with poultry and poultry products between EU member states the risk is negligible. The risk of introduction of virus already present in the country into domestic poultry holdings by wild birds or in-country trade of waterfowl is considered to be low. Within Germany, the risk of introduction by passenger or vehicle traffic is assessed as negligible.
Animal Health Report 2012
The FLI publishes the annual Animal Health Report for the year 2012 summarizing the results of epidemiological and laboratory diagnostic investigations, control measures as well as an assessment of the risks for animals and humans emanating from selected animal diseases.
New variant of RHD virus now also detected in Germany
A new variant of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV), currently designated RHDV-2 by the French scientists who first described it, has now also been detected for the first time in Germany in a rabbit holding in the district Unna, North Rhine-Westphalia.
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