The 28th Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Veterinary Medical Association and CVA Regional Meeting of Canada Caribbean Region
The 28th Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Veterinary Medical Association was held in Grand Cayman from 4th to 7th November 2014. Over 200 delegates from the Caribbean, USA and Canada participated. The theme of the conference was “Opening New Frontiers in Veterinary Medicine: The Work, The Life, The Balance”
A Regional meeting of the CVA Canada Caribbean Region was held on 5th November with the participation of CVA Councillors from Grand Cayman, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Guyana. Dr.S.Abdul Rahman President of CVA attended the meeting and briefed the members regarding various activities of CVA especially the forthcoming 6th Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Conference in in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next year. He also stressed the importance of active participation by the CVA Councillors of the region in CVA Study Fund and invited projects from the region for possible funding from CVA.Dr.Curtis Padilla, Regional Representative Canada Caribbean region chaired the meeting. The Meeting was also attended by Dr.Michelle Mellows, CVA Councillor, Trinidad, Dr.Gary Swanston, CVA Councilor, St. Martens, President of Caribbean Veterinary Medical Association Dr.Paul and President of Jamaica Veterinary Association Dr.Walters. Former CVA Councillor of Guyana Dr.Surajbally was awarded a special award at the conference recognizing the services that he has rendered to the region.
OIE Press Release
Strict biosecurity and management at farm level are the most effective measures to prevent porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED)
In response to recommendations arising from the World Assembly of delegates to the 82nd General Session held earlier this year, the OIE convened a high level scientific ad hoc Group of international experts, concerning the global occurrence of PEDv, which was subsequently endorsed by the OIE Scientific Commission on Animal Diseases at their meeting in September. The ad hoc Group, exchanged views on the current global occurrence of PEDv, the most recent scientific findings, and possible research priorities. Their conclusions were reflected in a technical information sheet prepared to inform the global community.
PED is a contagious viral disease of pigs caused by a coronavirus and clinically similar to other forms of porcine gastroenteritis. In endemic countries, the impact is low. However PED can cause high morbidity and mortality in populations newly exposed to the virus, and hence, results in potentially significant economic losses. There have been increased occurrences described in newly infected countries since 2011, with a rise in the number of cases in 2013 and 2014, notably, in the USA, in Canada, Japan, Mexico and the Chinese Taipei.
OIE experts review current knowledge on Ebola virus disease
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has issued a technical information sheet on Ebola virus disease outlining epidemiological observations and scientific knowledge of the disease including the animal reservoir.
The OIE technical information sheet on Ebola virus disease has been prepared and reviewed by internationally regarded scientific experts, including experts from OIE global Reference Centres and Working Group on wildlife, and was subsequently endorsed by the OIE Scientific Commission on Animal Diseases.
Ebola virus disease (EVD), also known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever is a severe contagious disease affecting humans and non-human primates, such as gorillas, chimpanzees and some other monkeys. It mainly occurs in the Central and West African regions and can be transmitted to humans from an infected animal or human. Hence, Ebola virus disease is a zoonosis and poses significant threats to public health by causing hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in humans with a high case fatality rate. At present, there is no licensed therapeutic or vaccine for humans. Experimental drugs and vaccines are being developed.
The virus was reported again in humans at the beginning of 2014 in Guinea and then Liberia. It has since then spread to Sierra Leone and most recently to Nigeria to become the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa. In August 2014, the WHO declared the outbreak as an international health emergency. An unrelated outbreak was also reported in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).