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Inter laboratory test for rabies diagnosis 2017

Published on 19/01/2017

♦ 09 January 2017 ♦ Registrations for the 2017 session of the inter laboratory test for rabies diagnosis are now closed. Forty-eight laboratories from all continents will participate to this annual trial, testing one or several diagnosis techniques (FAT, RTCIT, Conventional RT-PCR and Real Time RT-PCR). Requested documentation (fully filled in, initialled and stamp unilateral commitment and import license) must be sent to the EURL for rabies for finalisation of registration.  

Rabies antibodies found in Swedish bats

Published on 19/01/2017

♦ 19 December 2016 ♦ [Relayed from the Uppsala Universitat website] A new study has found rabies antibodies in the blood of bats in southern Sweden belonging to a certain species. The study is published by researchers at the Swedish Public Health Agency, the National Veterinary Institute, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Zoonosis Centre at Uppsala University.   (…Read more)  

Rapid diagnostic tests show great promise, but also unacceptable inconsistency

Published on 19/01/2017

♦ 20 October 2016 ♦ [Relayed from GARC website – Article from Louise Taylor] Recently developed rapid immunodiagnostic tests for rabies diagnosis promise testing outside the laboratory, require virtually no equipment and minimal training, and produce a result in minutes. Such tests are available on the market now, but do they work? (…Read more)  

Happy New Year!

Published on 19/01/2017

♦ 01 January 2017 ♦ The EURL for rabies team wishes you, your family, friends and colleagues a happy and prosperous Year 2017.  

Merry Christmas!

Published on 16/12/2016

♦ 25 December 2016 ♦ May the warmest wishes, happy thoughts and friendly greetings come at Christmas and stay with you all the year through! Merry Christmas to all of you!

Workshop for rabies 2017 and rabies serology meeting 2017 - Erratum!

Published on 16/12/2016

♦ 13 December 2016 ♦ Contrarily to what had been previously announced, both the next workshop for rabies and the rabies serology meeting will not be held in Spain. Dates remain unchanged: 13-14 June for workshop for rabies and 14-15 June for the rabies serology meeting. Please accept our apologies for this change of destination beyond our will. We are currently working on another destination that should be announced very soon.    

Inter laboratory test for rabies diagnosis 2016

Published on 16/12/2016

♦ 09 December 2016 ♦ Further to the last inter laboratory test for rabies diagnosis, the EURL for rabies is currently conducting a satisfaction survey. The aim of this survey is to have direct feedback from the participant laboratories in order to improve the process on communication, proficiency test items, deadlines, final report and any other areas. Participant laboratories should have received a web link by email for that purpose: do not hesitate to give your opinion! Thank you to all the labs that already answered the survey.  

Inter laboratory test for rabies diagnosis 2017

Published on 16/12/2016

♦ 15 December 2016 ♦   The call for participation for the 2017 session of the inter laboratory test for rabies diagnosis has just be sent to every potentially interested laboratories. As usual, the test will have to be performed with one or several diagnosis techniques: FAT, RTCIT, Conventional RT-PCR and Real Time RT-PCR. The test is intended for EU National reference laboratory for rabies, and may be extended to other laboratories upon request and material availability.  

New home page for the ANSES website

Published on 16/12/2016

♦ 08 December 2016 ♦ The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) has renewed its website. It is now easier and quicker to find information, and the access to the agency topics (Food & nutrition, Occupational health, Environmental health, Animal health & nutrition, Veterinary medicine, Plant health & protection, Plant protection products and biocides & fertilisers) is possible under a simple click. More recent news appear on a dynamic picture window. The second part of the homepage is dedicated to the agency laboratories, opinions and reports, and gives an easy access to the last publications of the agency. Social networks have now a place of choice. Please note that this website is adapted for all type of screen, including smartphones.  

Help GARC to fundraise an awareness campaign for children in rural communities in South Africa

Published on 16/12/2016

♦ 15 December 2016 ♦ This end of year the GARC has the opportunity to distribute free of charge “Want a Friend, Be a Friend”, a 14-page booklet chock full of fun activities that will help children learn how to behave safely around dogs. They are currently raising money for the booklet printing and you can help with this challenging opportunity. Please click here to see the video animation. Donation in a choice of currencies and track of the campaign's progress can be done here. Do not hesitate in sharing this news, it will help the campaign reach further.