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Recommendations on equine influenza announced
The OIE’s Expert Surveillance Panel meets annually to review data on the equine influenza outbreak.

OIE Expert Surveillance Panel reviews global data on outbreaks

All vaccines for the ongoing outbreak of equine influenza should contain both clade 1 and clade 2 viruses of the Florida sublineage.

That’s the latest recommendation from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), whose Expert Surveillance Panel met in April to review global data on equine influenza outbreaks.

The Panel concluded that recommendations on equine influenza vaccine remain unchanged. ProteqFlu remains the only vaccine in the UK and Ireland that is updated in line with the OIE recommendations.

The OIE’s Expert Surveillance Panel meets annually to review data on the equine influenza outbreak. Since its previous meeting on March 2018, outbreaks of equine influenza have been confirmed in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

In Europe, the disease has been widespread since late 2018 when outbreaks were first reported in France. Multiple outbreaks have also been reported in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden.

The data reveals that June 2019 had the highest number of confirmed cases since the outbreak began.
All sectors of the industry are affected, including leisure horses, showjumpers, racehorses, trotters and breeding stock. 

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New York to ban sale of foie gras

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 New York City councillors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that will see the ban of foie gras in the city. The move, which comes in response to animal cruelty concerns, will take effect in 2022.


 Councillor Carlina Rivera, who sponsored the legislation, told the New York Times that her bill “tackles the most inhumane process” in the commercial food industry. “This is one of the most violent practices, and it’s done for a purely luxury product,” she said.


 Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened, often by force-feeding. New York City is one of America’s largest markets for the product, with around 1,000 restaurants currently offering it on their menu. 

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UFAW Student Scholarships open for applications

Applications to the 2020 Animal Welfare Student Scholarships, run by the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), are now open.

The Student Scholarship scheme enables students to pursue their animal welfare interests and provides an opportunity to conduct relevant research projects. Students undertaking courses in the biological, psychological, agricultural, zoological or veterinary sciences are invited to apply. Applications are also open to students in other disciplines interested in conducting a project in animal welfare.

Further details about the scholarship and an application can be found on the UFAW website. The application form must be submitted to UFAW by 28 February 2020.