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ANIMAL HEALTH MATTERS
ISSUE 16  October 2018
 
   
 
Two major outbreaks making the news this year
 
In 2018, both Rift Valley Fever (RVF) and African Swine Fever (ASF) have made headlines after significant, troubling outbreaks.

The largest outbreak of RVF for more than a decade has been recorded in Kenya, while ASF was discovered in China, soon after reports of its spread in Europe.

Vaccines don’t yet exist to prevent animals contracting either of the diseases but here, we examine how scientists are getting closer each day. Find out about the measures being taken to combat RVF and how The Pirbright Institute is developing an ASF vaccine.
 
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Five ways we’re battling RVF
 
 
 
RVF is a zoonotic disease carried by mosquitoes which affects livestock in endemic areas, such as Africa where it was first discovered. RVF has been classified by the WHO as a potential ‘pandemic’ disease.

This month, we look at five ways the global community is innovating to battle against the disease.
 
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What you need to know about ASF
 
 
 
ASF is a highly infectious pig disease. While it doesn’t pose a direct threat to humans, ASF can devastate pig populations and many are concerned following outbreaks in China, the world’s largest swine producer.

We spoke to ASF expert Dr Linda Dixon at the Pirbright Institute to find out more about the disease and her team’s progress towards developing a vaccine.
 
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ON THE FRONTLINE OF DISEASE OUTBREAKS
 
 
 
Meet a few of the veterinarians working to stop outbreaks and improve animal health.
 
 
 
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