Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo


Responding to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in north-eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to be a multifaceted challenge. By utilising proven public health measures (contact tracing, engaging communities) as well as new tools at hand (vaccine and therapeutics), … [Read more...]

Eradication isn’t the end of the Rinderpest story


Rinderpest was declared eradicated in 2011, making it the first animal disease to be eliminated in the history of humankind. For centuries, Rinderpest caused the death of millions of cattle, buffalo, yak and wild animals, leading to famine and starvation. FAO and the World Organisation for Animal … [Read more...]

African Swine Fever (ASF) Report N° 6


This report presents an overview of the ASF events with ongoing outbreaks notified through the OIE’s Early Warning System (IN:Immediate notifications and FUR:Follow-up reports) by its Members. This information is publicly available1 . A classification of the affected population (by backyard and … [Read more...]

Food Chain Crisis Early Warning Bulletin


Forecasting threats to the food chain affecting food security in countries and regions [Read more] … [Read more...]

Rift Valley Fever Surveillance. FAO Animal Production and Health Manual No. 21


Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an epizootic disease. Even in regions where the RVF virus is always present, outbreaks do not necessarily occur. Several years can separate outbreaks, with no evidence of disease in the interim [Read more] … [Read more...]

African swine fever threatens People’s Republic of China: A rapid risk assessment of ASF introduction


African swine fever (ASF) is one of the most devastating diseases affecting pigs. Highly contagious, it is associated with a virus from the genus Asfivirus of the Asfaviridae family (Dixon, 2005) ... [Read More] … [Read more...]

The Tripartite’s Commitment Providing multi-sectoral, collaborative leadership in addressing health challenges


FAO, OIE and WHO have been working together for years to address risks at the human-animal-ecosystems interface and their collaborative work was formally laid down in 2010 in the FAO/OIE/WHO Tripartite Concept Note. This Note continues to be a reference for the Tripartite on the shared … [Read more...]

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 19 June 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of five additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. On 24 June 2017, the NHFPC notified WHO of 10 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human … [Read more...]

Rift Valley Fever in Niger


In the view of the experts participating in this risk assessment, Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in Niger currently poses a medium risk (a mean score of 5.75 on a scale of 0 to 10) to human health, and a medium–high risk (a mean score of 6.5) to animal health. The experts take the view that RVF is … [Read more...]

H5N8 HPAI in Uganda


Further spread in Uganda and neighbouring countries (February 2017) The experts participating in this rapid risk assessment considered that the spread of H5N8 HPAI from Uganda to Kenya is likely, with a mean risk score of 3.9 on a scale of 0 to 6, compared with spread to the Republic of Tanzania … [Read more...]