So far, these fears have proved unfounded. Diseases caused by Salmonella or other pathogens such as Campylobacter and enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC), in Europe may be far less spectacular but they do have a much bigger impact on health and the national economy. In Germany alone 55,000 cases of campylobacteriosis and 52,000 cases of salmonellosis were reported last year, and the headlines are currently dominated by news of EHEC infections. In the European Union alone, zoonoses of this kind, i.e. diseases caused by pathogens that cross from animals to humans, generate costs of more than EUR 6 billion.
So where is there a need for more intensive research and what prevention strategies are called for? To answer this and similar questions, a three-day meeting held at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin, will commence today. Scientists from the zoonoses network Med-Vet-Net are joining with experts from the American Food Safety Research Consortium (FSRC) to discuss how to establish meaningful scientific priority setting for the control of zoonotic pathogens given the scarcity of funds and resources. The conference will seek to elucidate key scientific questions, identify opportunities for the promotion of research and optimise global cooperation in this field.
The focus of the conference is on the further development of scientific methods to identify the main risks to health from zoonotic pathogens. To this end, the available data must be collected, rated and any gaps identified. This includes data on the importance of the various routes of infection and sources of foodborne and zoonotic infections in humans as well as other data on the incidence of human disease, quality of life and related costs. By integrating this information, it is possible to weigh the importance of these pathogens and the diseases caused by them. This scientific priority setting helps to make consumer health protection more effective. Besides the prevention of illness and suffering in humans, the emphasis is also on the most effective use of financial resources. As these resources are limited, the Network aims to help contain the costs generated by zoonoses every year and find the most cost-effective ways of controlling them.
Teresa Belcher | alfa
On track to heal leukaemia
18.01.2017 | Universitätsspital Bern
Penn vet research identifies new target for taming Ebola
12.01.2017 | University of Pennsylvania
Yersiniae cause severe intestinal infections. Studies using Yersinia pseudotuberculosis as a model organism aim to elucidate the infection mechanisms of these...
Researchers from the University of Hamburg in Germany, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, have synthesized a new superconducting material by growing a few layers of an antiferromagnetic transition-metal chalcogenide on a bismuth-based topological insulator, both being non-superconducting materials.
While superconductivity and magnetism are generally believed to be mutually exclusive, surprisingly, in this new material, superconducting correlations...
Laser-driving of semimetals allows creating novel quasiparticle states within condensed matter systems and switching between different states on ultrafast time scales
Studying properties of fundamental particles in condensed matter systems is a promising approach to quantum field theory. Quasiparticles offer the opportunity...
Among the general public, solar thermal energy is currently associated with dark blue, rectangular collectors on building roofs. Technologies are needed for aesthetically high quality architecture which offer the architect more room for manoeuvre when it comes to low- and plus-energy buildings. With the “ArKol” project, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE together with partners are currently developing two façade collectors for solar thermal energy generation, which permit a high degree of design flexibility: a strip collector for opaque façade sections and a solar thermal blind for transparent sections. The current state of the two developments will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.
As part of the “ArKol – development of architecturally highly integrated façade collectors with heat pipes” project, Fraunhofer ISE together with its partners...
At TU Wien, an alternative for resource intensive formwork for the construction of concrete domes was developed. It is now used in a test dome for the Austrian Federal Railways Infrastructure (ÖBB Infrastruktur).
Concrete shells are efficient structures, but not very resource efficient. The formwork for the construction of concrete domes alone requires a high amount of...
10.01.2017 | Event News
09.01.2017 | Event News
05.01.2017 | Event News
18.01.2017 | Materials Sciences
18.01.2017 | Information Technology
18.01.2017 | Ecology, The Environment and Conservation