Like human health, animal health can be threatened by various pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites), some of which can also affect human health (zoonoses). ANSES contributes to the prevention and control of the major and emerging animal diseases affecting both farm animals and wildlife, and in doing so participates in the protection of public health. See our articles on certain animal diseases.
Present in most pig-producing countries today, piglet wasting disease (PWD) emerged in the mid-nineties. This viral disease may, in severe cases, lead to the animal wasting away (weight loss) and in certain cases dying.
Does global warming risk inducing the emergence or development of animal diseases? Asked to address this issue, the Agency sought to identify and rank the animal diseases, in particular those that can be transmitted to humans, whose development in mainland France in the coming years may be affected by a possible rise in global temperatures. Six diseases were identified for special monitoring.
Bluetongue is a viral disease of ruminants, and does not affect humans or food. It is transmitted by midges and can cause major economic losses in animal husbandry. Vaccination is the most effective means of prevention, but is expensive. Here is a profile of the disease and an overview of the work of ANSES, a leading player in the fight against this virus.
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