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Rabies Laboratory of Sciensano, Brussels
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25/05/2018
♦ 24 April 2018 ♦ The Rabies Laboratory of Sciensano (Brussels, former Scientific Institute of Public Health WIV-ISP) is officially recognized as the Belgian National Reference Centre for Human Rabies (NRC Rabies: financed by the National Institute for health and Invalidity Insurance, RIZIV-INAMI) and the National Reference Laboratory for Animal Rabies (NRL Rabies: recognized by the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, FAVV-AFSCA). The lab is also recognized by the...
WHO Rabies expert Consultation on rabies report
Published on
25/05/2018
♦ 20 April 2018 ♦ [Relayed from the WHO website] Since the launch of the Global framework to eliminate human rabies transmitted by dogs by 2030 in 2015, WHO has worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Organisation for Animal Health, the Global Alliance for Rabies Control and other stakeholders and partners to prepare a global strategic plan. This includes a country-centric approach to support, empower and catalyse national entities to...
WHO position paper on Rabies vaccine
Published on
25/05/2018
♦ 20 April 2018 ♦ [Relayed from the WHO website] In accordance with its mandate to provide guidance to Member States on health policy matters, WHO issues a series of regularly updated position papers on vaccines and combinations of vaccines against diseases that have an international public health impact. They summarize essential background information on diseases and vaccines and conclude with the current WHO position on the use of vaccines worldwide. The papers are reviewed by...
ANSES proposes a definition of animal welfare and sets the foundation for its research and expert appraisal work
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25/05/2018
♦ 25 April 2018 ♦ [Relayed from the ANSES website] “Basing itself on philosophical, social and legal interpretations of the concept of animal welfare, this Opinion proposes a definition of animal welfare that takes into account developments in scientific knowledge and summarises analyses by experts regarding the methods required for its assessment. The Opinion identifies numerous assessment grids aiming to objectively measure the conditions for animal welfare and encourages...
A planning tool for eliminating human rabies deaths through mass dog vaccination
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15/03/2018
♦ 12 February 2018 ♦ [Relayed from GARC website] In 2016, WHO, OIE, FAO, and many NGOs released a framework to achieve the joint goal of eliminating dog-mediated human rabies by 2030. But the goal requires overcoming substantial challenges. Dog-rabies endemic countries are at different stages in their control efforts; most countries have to overcome important hurdles […].Drawing from multiple datasets […], researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and...
Rabies vaccines and immunoglobulins: WHO position - Summary of 2017 updates
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15/03/2018
♦ 31 January 2018 ♦ [Relayed from WHO website] “The new WHO recommendations for rabies immunization supersede the 2010 WHO position on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for rabies. These updated recommendations are based on new evidence and directed by public health needs that are cost-, dose- and time-sparing, while assuring safety and clinical effectiveness. In addition, new guidance on prudent use of rabies immunoglobulin (RIG) is...
Euroreference journal: Issue 3 released!
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15/03/2018
♦  12 March 2018 ♦ [Relayed from the Euroreference website] This journal is “now co-edited by several EU member state institutions dealing with reference laboratory activities in animal and plant health or food and drinking water safety as well as by EPPO.” The “aim is to convert Euroreference to a truly European journal, thus strengthening the network of EU laboratories working in these sectors and consolidate EU efficiency, by facilitating the...
EFSA Manual for reporting on zoonoses and zoonotic agents
Published on
16/02/2018
♦ 26 January 2018 ♦ [Relayed from www.efsa.europa.eu website] “This reporting manual provides guidance for reporting on zoonoses and zoonotic agents in animals, food and feed under the framework of Directive 2003/99/EC and also on the reporting of other pathogenic microbiological agents in food. The objective is to harmonise and streamline reporting by Member States (MSs) to ensure that the data collected are relevant and easy to analyse at the European Union (EU) level....
Annual review of tests related to rabies performed in 2017 ongoing
Published on
16/02/2018
♦ 15 February 2018 ♦ The usual call to fill the annual questionnaires related to rabies tests performed in the Rabies NRLs is now ongoing. This survey has to be answered online. All European Union NRL have received the link by now and should answer the questionnaire before end of March. This survey allows the EURL to ensure the continuous monitoring of rabies test results carried out into the Community. Thanks again you for your cooperation!  
Workshop for rabies 2018: Please save the date!
Published on
16/02/2018
♦ 05 February 2018 ♦ If not done yet, please save the date for next workshop for rabies that will be held on 13 June afternoon and 14 June 2018 morning in the Uccle campus (ex-CERVA), near Brussels in Belgium. All details of this 10th edition including registration, instructions and hotel booking, will be sent to invited laboratories by e-mail. Last year was exceptional because we opened this workshop to an international participation thanks to the consecutive organization of the...

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