Deadly African swine fever arrives in China, the world’s largest producer of pigs
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Deadly African swine fever arrives in China, the world’s largest producer of pigs

Long feared, it’s now finally happened. African swine fever (ASF), an infectious and highly lethal viral disease of pigs, has for the first time reared its head in China. Just two weeks ago, African swine fever was confirmed as the cause of death of pigs on a small farm in Shenyang City, in Liaoning Province, located in the northeast, bordering North Korea and the Yellow Sea. Continue reading

Reducing use of antimicrobial drugs in livestock in low-income countries: Two scientists reflect on options
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Reducing use of antimicrobial drugs in livestock in low-income countries: Two scientists reflect on options

Delia Grace Randolph, a veterinary epidemiologist and food safety expert who co-leads the Animal and Human Health program at ILRI, was interviewed recently by Wilton Park, a non-profit discussion centre in the UK. The event at which Grace spoke was a workshop held 11–13 Apr 2018 in West Sussex on Innovations to reduce the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals in low- and middle-income countries. Continue reading

Vaccinating farm animals helps drive up disposable incomes
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Vaccinating farm animals helps drive up disposable incomes

East Coast fever causes annual losses estimated at more than USD300 million and more than one million cattle deaths. Recent research-for-development approaches have accelerated the uptake of the ITM vaccine and demonstrated how its use is driving increased incomes for small-scale livestock farmers in Kenya and Tanzania. Continue reading

Improving control of a chicken disease supports the livelihoods of Kenya’s women
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Improving control of a chicken disease supports the livelihoods of Kenya’s women

Poultry farming in Kenya is growing rapidly and remains largely dominated by women, who typically invest most of their earnings in feeding their families and educating their children. That is why controlling major poultry diseases is so important. Continue reading

Introducing English and Swahili instructional videos on the patterns, signs, symptoms and control of Rift Valley fever
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Introducing English and Swahili instructional videos on the patterns, signs, symptoms and control of Rift Valley fever

Originally posted on ILVAC:
Written by Bernard Bett Several outbreaks of Rift Valley fever in livestock and people have occurred in eastern Africa over the last three months or so. In the first week of June 2018, local media reported at least five fatal human cases in Kenya’s northern Wajir County. More suspected cases in…

How closing livestock yield gaps can enhance incomes, food security and the environment in Ethiopia and India
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How closing livestock yield gaps can enhance incomes, food security and the environment in Ethiopia and India

Estimates of livestock yield gaps are not available and these are necessary for developing feasible scenarios of how the production of different livestock commodities might evolve in the future, how systems might change and what would be the resource use implications and their costs, both for donors and for public and private entities in target countries. Continue reading

‘Living tools’ at the frontier of vaccine development—A Keystone Symposium workshop by Vish Nene
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‘Living tools’ at the frontier of vaccine development—A Keystone Symposium workshop by Vish Nene

Vish Nene, one of the scientific organizers of the conference and a co-leader of the Animal and Human Health program at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, gave a particularly lucid talk at the pre-meeting workshop on Novel tools and genomics approaches supporting vaccine development. The following is a transcript of Nene’s talk, lightly edited for clarity and brevity. Continue reading