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Launch of a new version of the EURL for rabies website
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♦ 29 November 2019 ♦ The EURL for rabies has renewed its website. We are pleased to introduce you to the new version of our website and hope you will enjoy it. Several sections have been updated (protocols, documentation, reports) and we will do our best to expand the website with additionnal and updated information and documentation on a regular basis. Thanks for your visit and enjoy your surf on our site !
Recent review: Sanitary Emergencies at the Wild/Domestic Caprines Interface in Europe
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[relayed from Animals, 9(11), 922]  Even if it is an important achievement from a biodiversity conservation perspective, the documented increase in abundance of the four native European wild Caprinae (Rupicapra rupicapra, R. pyrenaica, Capra ibex, C. pyrenaica) can also be a matter of concern, since tighter and more frequent contact with sympatric livestock implies a greater risk of transmission of emerging and re-emerging pathogens.   This article reviews the main transmissible diseases that, in a European scenario, are of greater significance from a conservation perspective. Epidemics causing major demographic downturns in wild Caprinae populations during recent decades were often triggered by pathogens transmitted at the livestock/wildlife interface
Cap to Malta: A 3-day training session in Serology
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From the 12th to th 14th of November, the EURL Brucellosis team went to the National Veterinary Laboratory in Malta to provide a practical training session. This lab is nominated NRL for Brucellosis for Malta and is ISO 17025 accredited. The NRL aims to include the main serological methods for Brucellosis diagnosis in their accreditation scope by the end of 2019.   Acacia Ferreira Vicente (Project manager- EURL Brucellosis team) and Maëline Ribeiro (Lab analyst- EURL Brucellosis team) presented diffèrent aspects of Quality Management applied to serological methods for brucellosis diagnosis. We would like to congratulate Susan Chircop (Head of Malta's Brucellosis team) and the team for their effort and dedication in all the work.
Successfull european contributions to the Brucellosis network in Chicago !
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The International Brucellosis Society organized its annual 2-day conference  in Chicago on November 2 and 3, 2019, bringing together 120 participants from 27 countries and including 18 students. In total, the conference counted 33 oral communications and 21 posters. The European and French teams were well represented with 12 oral presentations and 2 posters. The program scanned the different aspects of the research, including cellular interactions between Brucella and host cells (with a guest lecture by Suzana Salcedo, CNRS UMR 5086, University of Lyon), experimental results on new vaccine approaches and several communications related to particular human cases and Brucella excretion in milk and cheese.   Seven European countries contributed actively to the conference programme : ANSES (EURL for Brucellosis, France), APHA (UK), BfR (Germany), CITA (Spain), CNRS (France), INSERM (France), ISZAM (Italy) and NARILIS (Belgium). The EURL team presented 2 oral communications and 1 poster, by Guillaume Girault, Claire Ponsart and Luca Freddi respectively. Noteworthy was an oral presentation on the STAR-IDAZ project, with Brucellosis as a priority topics. More information will be given in our next newsletter.   Next conference will be organised by ISZAM in Italy, 2020, September 29th to October, 2nd. A great opportunity for EU teams to meet and present their research and results, save the date!
Open Session of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease
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The next Open Session of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Standing Technical Committee will take place 27-30 October 2020. Marseille, FRANCE.
Wildlife rabies serology inter-laboratory test 2019
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♦ 24 October 2019 ♦ Further to the call for registration for wildlife rabies serology inter-laboratory test, 16 NRLs volunteered to perform the test. The test is indeed intended for EU National Reference Laboratories for rabies, and aims at collecting more information on the performance of the methods used by NRLs for rabies serology with wildlife samples having titres around the threshold of positivity. Panels will be sent this week to participating laboratories, which are invited to titrate 3 times in 3 independent manipulations by using current Elisa protocol. Get ready !
Get ready for the 4th TEAM meeting in France!
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Less than one year to the 4th International TEAM (Tephritidae workers of Europe, Africa and Middle East) meeting, to be held from 4th to 8th October 2020, in La Grande-Motte, France. Four years after the last meeting in Stellenbosch (South Africa, 2016), this TEAM symposium renews the strong bonds between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, with the aims of bringing together academia, researchers, extension and industry specialists, who will present their latest scientific results and deliberate on a number of pertinent issues on fruit fly biology, ecology and control.  There's no need to stress the importance of fruit flies for the fruit production economy and the high risk associated to the potential introduction and establishment of those pests in Europe. Fruit flies from tropical countries are frequently intercepted by National Plant Health Service during the phyto-sanitary control at EU points of entry for goods. For example, Bactrocera dorsalis (the oriental fruit fly) was detected for the first time in 2018 in Campania, Southern Italy, during an official survey. For the first time, Drosophila suzukii will be included in this meeting. This invasive pest can be considered as a fruit fly in its own right, with many similarities to Tephritidae due to its difficult management.   More information about program, registration and organization can be found on the official 4th TEAM meeting webpage.   
EU plant health law: 16 out of the 20 priority pests are insects
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On 11th October 2019, the European Commission has published the list of regulated quarantine pests which are considered top priorities for EU Member States due to the economic, environmental and social impact on EU’s territory. The list is based on the impact assessments carried out by EFSA and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) on a number of pests identified by the Commission. Some of the criteria considered are the impact on crop yields, the damage to trade and the cost of control measures, as well as social consequences and environmental impact. For each of the listed pests, EU Member States will be required to carry out annual surveys, draw up and keep up to date a contingency plan, perform simulation exercises, launch information campaigns to the public and action plans for the eradication of these pests, when already present on their territory. In this contest, the diagnostic competence of the National Reference Laboratories network is of paramount importance. It is significant to point out that 16 out of the 20 priority pests are insects! Among them, we find species that have already been reported in some Member States, such as the longhorned beetles Anoplophora glabripennis, A. chinensis and Aromia bungii, the oriental fruit fly Bactrocera dorsalis and the japanese beetle Popillia japonica, but also Agrilus planipennis, Spodoptera frugiperda and Bactrocera zonata, that are still outside Europe's borders. All the cited pests are already present in the working plan of the EURL and the Proficiency Tests on Spodoptera frugiperda (for which registrations are open) are an example of the support that the EURL aims to provide to National Reference Laboratories.     Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1702  
Inter-laboratory test for rabies diagnosis 2020 : registration ending !
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♦ 16 October 2019 ♦ A call for registration for an inter-laboratory test for rabies diagnosis has been sent in early October. This trial will be carried out in 2020 and will be dedicated to the European Union network of National Reference Laboratories  only. The objective of this session will be to evaluate DRIT in comparison to the FAT. Registration ends on October 16th. Mark your calendars !
What are OIE International Standards?
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[relayed from @OIE Animal Health] #OIEInternationalStandrads are at disposal of #OIE Member Countries to build resilient animal health systems and support them in the challenges faced in terms of on #animalhealth and #animalwelfare.   The OIE develops and revises OIE International Standards which contribute to: - improving animal health and welfare, as well as human health - improving the economic and social well-being of populations - ensuring fair and balanced trade These standards are continually updated to keep pace with scientific developments.