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New livestock maps pinpoint ‘danger zones’ for possible spread of deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Feeding poultry in Bangladesh (photo on Flickr by WorldFish). A recent paper that maps the global distributions of the world’s major livestock species has already been used to advance understanding of where surveillance efforts should…

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New video gives overview of ILRI research on prevention and control of agriculture-associated diseases

Originally posted on AgHealth:
A new 3-minute video presents an overview of the work that the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is doing towards the prevention and control of agriculture-associated diseases. This is one of the key themes of the…

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Experts call for One Health approach to tackling zoonotic diseases

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Cattle coming in from the fields in the evening in Lhate Village, Chokwe, Mozambique (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). A group of research experts associated with the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium have called for…

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International workshop to discuss an integrated approach to controlling brucellosis in Africa

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Maasai father and son tend to their cattle in their paddock in Kitengela, Kenya (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). Brucellosis, also referred to as undulant fever, is a highly contagious zoonotic disease caused by the microorganism Brucella which infects multiple…

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Commercialisation of livestock agriculture in Africa: Challenges and opportunities

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
For too long, the potential of the livestock sector in Africa has not received the attention it deserves. Policies and other institutions promoting livestock development have been weak or absent in most African countries.  Commercialization…

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Aflatoxins: New briefs disclose the threat to people and livestock and what research is doing about it

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
A damaged maize cob that, if harvested with clean cobs, can contaminate all the cobs with aflatoxins (photo credit: Joseph Atehnkeng/IITA). ‘The UN World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that billions of people in the developing…

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Steps to sustainable livestock

Originally posted on Science on the Land:
Here are thoughtful, readable words about sustainable livestock. These words were published a few days ago in the well-respected journal Nature. There, scientists including Prof Sir John Beddington (formerly our UK Government’s Chief…

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