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Tackling antibiotic resistance – testing shows signs of progress

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The last few decades have seen a rise in the detection of difficult to treat infections in humans, as some pathogens are resistant to multiple antibiotics. This includes serious disease caused by E. coli. Read on to learn about progress being made in tackling the threat of antibiotic resistance from Dr Sarah Evans, Lead Scientist for Bacterial Diseases and Food Safety.

One Health: Virology in action

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The coronavirus pandemic has only highlighted the importance of having scientific experts who can quickly provide advice and evidence for new strains of animal viruses that can transfer into humans and cause severe disease due to the lack of protective immunity against the pathogen. In this blog, marking World Zoonoses Day, we hear from Dr Sharon Brookes, Lead Scientist for the Animal and Zoonotic Viral Diseases Portfolio (AZVDP) as she describes the important range of work her portfolio undertakes.

Our scientists help with COVID-19 testing at the UK Biocentre in Milton Keynes

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In this blog Lucia Biffar, Scientific Project Manager for the Animal and Plant Health Agency, talks about her experiences volunteering with a group of APHA scientists to work at the one of the national Coronavirus testing centres.

Controlling food borne zoonoses and antibiotic resistance to protect health

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Over the past few months, world interest has directed towards the discovery of a novel (new) Coronavirus, coming from an animal source and escalating quickly into the human population, highlighting the importance of a One Health approach to prevent and eradicate zoonotic outbreaks. But these global, high profile cases should not overshadow endemic issues such as food-borne bacteria.

Why wildlife health issues are not just a biodiversity concern.

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Continuing our One Health series and also marking World Wildlife Day, we hear from Flavie Vial, APHA’s Lead Scientist for Wildlife, as she highlights the great work her team are involved in to keep our wildlife flourishing whilst protecting against the spread of animal-human disease.