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Possible emergence of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in France
tique hyalomma
02/06/2023

Possible emergence of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in France

Ticks of the genus Hyalomma, which have been observed in the south of France for several years, could potentially spread throughout metropolitan France as a result of climate change. These ticks can transmit Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF), among other diseases. No indigenous cases have been detected in humans in France, but cases are recorded every year in Spain. In its scientific expert appraisal, ANSES confirms the risk of emergence and calls for the nationwide surveillance of these ticks.
Encouraging results on vaccination of ducks against avian influenza
26/05/2023

Encouraging results on vaccination of ducks against avian influenza

Together with the Toulouse National Veterinary School, ANSES is co-publishing the results of two experiments carried out to test vaccines designed to protect ducks from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The two vaccines gave similar results: they greatly limited direct transmission when the animals were in close contact, and also blocked indirect airborne transmission.
Mould in food: identifying mutagenic and carcinogenic toxins
Vue au microscope d'une moisissure se développant sur l'alimentation
31/05/2023

Mould in food: identifying mutagenic and carcinogenic toxins

The combined use of several different software applications could speed up the acquisition of knowledge on toxins known as mycotoxins, which are produced by certain types of mould growing in food. This innovative approach has been used by ANSES scientists to identify mycotoxins that may be mutagenic and/or carcinogenic.
Menstrual toxic shock: respect the conditions for wearing feminine hygiene products
choc toxique
28/05/2023

Menstrual toxic shock: respect the conditions for wearing feminine hygiene products

About twenty cases of menstrual toxic shock syndrome (TSS) are recorded each year in France. Menstrual TSS is linked to the conditions of use of internal sanitary protection products. What are the potential consequences of this syndrome? Who may be affected? And above all, how can TSS be avoided? The answers to your questions are found below.
Establishment of an international Scientific Board for ANSES
22/05/2023

Establishment of an international Scientific Board for ANSES

ANSES has decided that the renewal of its Scientific Board is an opportunity to give it an international outlook. The new Scientific Board therefore brings together 29 scientists from research and scientific expert appraisal organisations or counterpart agencies in France and abroad, who will be able to share their practices and reinforce those of the Agency. The members appointed by ministerial order for a period of three years, and tasked with ensuring the quality, relevance and coherence of the Agency's scientific work.
ANSES calls for the adoption of a more protective definition for nanomaterials
nanomateriaux
17/05/2023

ANSES calls for the adoption of a more protective definition for nanomaterials

ANSES believes that the European Commission's new Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial, published on 10 June 2022, is too restrictive and could lead to a regression in the protection of public health and the environment. The Agency is therefore urging the French authorities to take a more inclusive definition into account and work towards its integration in the revision of sectoral regulations at European level. With this in mind, the Agency has listed all the criteria needed to define nanoscale objects whose possible health effects warrant assessment.
New-generation Linky smart meters: low levels of exposure to waves
11/05/2023

New-generation Linky smart meters: low levels of exposure to waves

Following the provision of new data from the French Scientific and Technical Centre for Building (CSTB) and the French Frequency Agency (ANFR), ANSES has updated the expert appraisal on Linky smart electricity meters it conducted in 2017. The Agency confirms that there is little likelihood of exposure to electromagnetic fields emitted by Linky meters generating health effects in the short or long term.
Emergence in Europe of a virus transmitted to cattle by midges
Une vache
12/05/2023

Emergence in Europe of a virus transmitted to cattle by midges

Epizootic haemorrhagic disease is a viral disease that was first detected in Europe in late 2022. Since then it has affected several cattle herds in Italy and Spain. ANSES helped identify and monitor the spread of the virus, which is transmitted by biting midges.
Patrick Dehaumont appointed Chair of ANSES's Board of Administrators
11/05/2023

Patrick Dehaumont appointed Chair of ANSES's Board of Administrators

Patrick Dehaumont, Inspector General of Veterinary Public Health, was appointed Chair of ANSES's Board of Administrators by Presidential Decree dated 11 of may 2023. A veterinary doctor, Patrick Dehaumont has devoted his career to animal and public health, serving as Director General for Food, among other roles.

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