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PEDIATRICS – Official Journal of the American Accademy of Pediatrics published on March 2013 an article concerning outbreak of human Salmonella Typhimurium infections occurring predominantly among children from 2008 to 2011 in the US.

CALLISTO inform you that the article is available at the following link http://pediatrics.aappublications.org

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces the publication of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Journal, May 2013 Edition.

In the EID press summary, an article on zoonoses surveillance is highlighted: “Targeting Surveillance for Zoonotic Virus Discovery” by Jordan Levinson, et al.

To read more http://www.cdc.gov/media/eid/2013/5.html

On 9th April 2013 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published the European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-borne Outbreaks in 2011.

Information provided by 27 Member States on the occurrence of zoonoses and food-borne outbreaks in 2011 within the European Union was analysed and systematized in a scientific report.

EFSA is responsible for examining the data submitted by Member States and for preparing the EU Summary Report according to the results; in this EU Summary Report, data from 2011 were produced in collaboration with ECDC which provided the information on and analyses of zoonoses cases in humans.

Click here to read the report.

CALLISTO wants to share this news release published by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) http://www.bva.co.uk/news/3314.aspx concerning the introduction of compulsory microchipping for all dogs in England.

Defra announced that all dogs will be required to have a microchip from 6 April 2016. Owners have 3 years to comply with new legislation that Defra will draft.

To read more on this topic http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2013/02/06/all-dogs-microchip/

CALLISTO informs that the Royal Veterinary College (University of London), in collaboration with the Autonomous University of Barcelona, is currently conducting an assessment of the impact of canine leishmaniosis in endemic areas of the European Union.

In the framework of an EFSA -European Food Safety Authority funded project, these institutions are promoting a survey on the topic involving veterinary clinics and veterinarians all around Europe. The questionnaire proposed is available in different languages; the purpose is to collect data useful to assess the prevalence of leishmaniosis in veterinary clinics, and consider how veterinarians diagnose and treat this disease.

Various organizations like the FVE are involved in the promotion of the survey in order to expand the target population. Results of the study might be of interest for CALLISTO research activities and further information would be shared on this topic.

For more information please contact: Madeleine Mattin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: +44 (0) 1707 667 168 and consult the following link http://www.rvc.ac.uk/VEPH/Research/Index.cfm.

Among the activities implemented by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), there is the publication of articles and reports concerning reportable communicable diseases in the European Union. A list of communicable diseases at EU level, conditions and their case definition is available at the following link.

Moreover the ECDC published an “Annual epidemiological report 2011” to present the surveillance data reported to the Centre for 2009 and the analysis of the public health threats detected in 2010.

ECDC also collaborated with European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in establishing a joint ECDC/EFSA platform for communication exchange for risk assessment on non-foodborne zoonotic diseases at the EU level. In particular, a joint scientific report was produced to combine data on the occurrence of zoonoses, zoonotic agents and food-borne outbreaks and zoonoses cases reported in humans. The two institutions also produced a scientific report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food in 2010.

The Preventive Veterinary Medicine Journal recently published an article concerning dog traceability and describing the importance of the control of zoonoses incidence in domestic dogs, both owned and stray, in order to protect human health.

Integrated dog population management programs are fundamental to produce plans for disease surveillance. In particular the article proposes a new technological tool to improve dog traceability through the use of web-service based on dog regional registers.

To read the article please follow this link

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The ProMED-mail - the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases - is a program of International Society for Infectious Diseases; it is an Internet-based reporting system dedicated to rapid global dissemination of information on outbreaks of infectious diseases and acute exposures to toxins that affect human health, including those in animals and in plants grown for food or animal feed.

On 26th September 2012, ProMED posted the following article concerning an outbreak of leptospirosis in boys attending a scout camp in Belgium.

According to the study 'Mapping of Poverty and Likely Zoonoses Hotspots' (Grace, D. et al., ILRI 2012)published on 5 July, the world’s poorest people carry the heaviest burden from diseases infecting both humans and animals.

nature.com dedicated an article to this topic and linked the full study.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging calm over ‘alarmist’ headlines linking contact with cats to schizophrenia due to the risks posed by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

The report in today’s Independent (Thursday, September 6) contains some very important messages regarding the need for good personal hygiene and the need for pregnant women and immuno-compromised groups to be aware of the risks. However, the BVA is concerned that the headlines could cause significant alarm to cat owners.

In July 14, 2012 The New York Times published an article on emerging infectious diseases that affect humans.

Read the article...