Combatting Africa’s Biggest Killer Disease of Cattle through Vaccines

Mar 10, 2015

East Coast fever (ECF) is the single biggest killer of cattle in 11 countries in eastern and central Africa. It kills one cow every 30 seconds and puts more than 25 million cattle at risk – that’s nearly three times the amount of all cattle in the United Kingdom.  Heather Irish of GALVmed analyses how ECF affect the whole production chain and presents vaccination plan to minimise financial losses. ...

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Europe as a Global Role Model for Combatting AMR?

Mar 10, 2015

WHO put antimicrobial resistance (AMR) top of the list where it comes to threats to public health. While antibiotic consumption is not restricted to humans only but also be applied widely in animals, veterinarians, who want to be part of a solution, rather than a problem, take action in combatting AMR. It seems that at the moment Europe takes the lead in adopting measures that should lead to responsible use of antibiotics in animals and thus lower levels of AMR. Can the European model be an example for America, Australia and Asia? And what can be or should be the role of partners of the veterinarians, like the animal health industry? Rens van Dobbenburgh, the CVO Henry Schein Europe, answers these questions. ...

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“One Health”: the Regulation and Consumption of Antimicrobials for Animal Use in the EU.

Mar 10, 2015

Antimicrobials can be considered as ‘societal’ drugs since any use of an antibiotic, whether in man or animals, has the potential to select for resistance to the antibiotic used. For this reason, much emphasis is now placed on the “One health” approach to combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Jordi Torren-Edo, Kari Grave and David Mackay from European Medicines Agency (EMA) describes, how the European Commission’s action plan against the rising threats from Antimicrobial Resistance aims to coordinate and strengthen all the activities intending to reduce the threat to human and animal health from the use of antimicrobials in human and veterinary medicine within the EU. ...

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