Latest World Organization for Animal Health Stories

2011-07-25 23:40:05

Around the globe, many nations are realizing that the potential for bioterrorism isn't just about the U.S., officials say. And because an intentional introduction of bacteria, a virus or a toxin could happen anywhere, the World Organization for Animal Health is issuing a paper aimed at prevention. "Any emerging country that is beginning to think about maintaining international trade needs to be aware of the potential for bioterrorism," said Dr. Neville Clarke, special assistant to the Texas...

2010-04-29 06:25:00

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Wednesday that the dramatic die-off of honey bees around the world, threatening crops that rely on the insects for pollination, is not due to any one single factor. The OIE said that a host of issues are plaguing the honey bees - including parasites, viruses, bacterial infections, pesticides, and poor nutrition resulting from the impact of human activities on the environment. Bee colonies naturally lose about 5 percent of their populations...

2010-01-08 07:15:00

A worldwide vaccination campaign has finally succeeded in ridding the globe of a disease that has been plaguing cattle for millennia, the world's paramount veterinary agency announced on Thursday. Rinderpest, or cattle plague, is a disease that can kill off entire herds of cattle and buffalo, resulting in severe economic problems and malnutrition in villages in poor countries, reported AFP. A rigorous effort to vaccinate animals against the virus that causes the disease is finally bearing...

2009-04-27 18:50:00

More Accurate Name for Human Illnesses Occurring Now is 'North American Flu' WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Meat Institute (AMI) urged the news media to cease inaccurate references to swine flu because they are creating confusion among the public. "According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), North American Flu is a more accurate description of the virus that has affected people in North America," said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle. Boyle...

2009-01-30 13:22:55

The government said Friday four more people infected with the Ebola-Reston virus have been discovered in the Philippines and the possibility of pig-to-human transmission cannot be dismissed. Health Secretary leader Francisco Duque told a news conference that it was not a major health risk, but the government is testing people who might have been in contact with sick pigs at hog farms placed under quarantine since October of last year. Duque said the Ebola-Reston virus is both an animal and...

2006-02-08 06:24:33

LONDON (Reuters) - An outbreak of bird flu among poultry in Nigeria is the H5N1 strain that can kill people, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said in a statement on Wednesday, the first time the virus has been found in Africa. "The OIE/FAO reference laboratory for Avian Influenza in Padova (Italy) has characterized the isolate as a highly pathogenic H5N1," the OIE said in a statement.

2006-02-08 06:50:00

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA -- An outbreak of bird flu among poultry in Nigeria is the H5N1 strain that can kill people, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said in a statement on Wednesday, the first time the virus has been found in Africa. The OIE said it had detected a highly pathogenic form of H5N1 after testing at a laboratory in the Italian city of Padua. Suspicions about bird flu were raised after the deaths of thousands of birds in northern Nigeria in recent days. Further...

2005-11-08 06:25:00

By Patricia Reaney GENEVA -- Animal and public health experts firmed up plans at an international meeting on Tuesday to halt the spread of bird flu as the hardest-hit country, Vietnam, reported its 42nd death from the avian virus. Containing the H5N1 bird flu virus that has spread from Asia to Europe and threatens Africa and the Middle East is considered the best way to stop it turning into a human pandemic strain. Officials from more than 100 countries meeting at the World Health...

2005-10-18 07:47:29

By David Evans PARIS (Reuters) - The discovery of bird flu in Romania and Turkey supports the theory the deadly virus is being spread by migrating wildfowl, scientists said on Tuesday. Ever since the discovery in July that H5N1 bird flu, which has killed more than 60 people in Asia, had spread to birds in Siberia, experts have feared that migratory wildfowl would bring the virus westwards. "These latest cases in Romania and Turkey have reinforced that theory," Alex Thiermann,...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.