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Article on CWD in Norwegian moose is published


Sylvie Benestad, senior researcher at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI), is one of the main authors behind the article "A novel type of Chronic Wasting Disease detected in European moose (Alces alces) in Norway". This has now been published in the recognized online journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

A new era of food safety


It has taken many years of hard work but Taran Skjerdal, leader on the research project SensiList, is cautiously optimistic that a milestone has now been reached.

A glimpse into a hidden world


Jannicke Wiik-Nielsen, researcher at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI), is the only Nordic photographer chosen to participate in the renowned international exhibition held by the UK’s Royal Photographic Society. The exhibition will tour the UK and Ireland in 2019.

Target to reduce antibiotic use for food-producing animals is reached


This year's NORM-VET report shows that the Norwegian government's goal to reduce antibiotic use in food-producing land animals by 10% between 2013 and 2020 has already been reached. The use of antibiotics in farmed fish remains low. Antibiotic resistance in bacteria from animals such as cattle, pigs and horses and in food are also low.

Rabies detected in three Arctic foxes on Svalbard


The Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI) has detected rabies in three Arctic foxes on Svalbard. This is the fifth time in 2018 that rabies has been detected in animals on Svalbard.

How many CWD-infected animals are out there?


The discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Norway in 2016 has led to extensive measures and testing of deer in Norway, and from 2018 also within the EU. But how many deer needs to be tested before we can be almost certain that a population is not infected by CWD?

Infectious respiratory virus (PRCV) in pigs from Rogaland County


The Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI) has detected specific antibodies against porcine respiratory coronavirus (PRCV) among five pig herds in Rogaland, in southwestern Norway. Infection is suspected in other herds. This is the first time PRCV antibodies have been demonstrated in Norway.

Rabies detected in a Svalbard reindeer


The Norwegian Veterinary Institute has detected rabies in a Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) found close to Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard.

New mobile technology can detect crayfish plague directly in the field


Rapid testing with new mobile PCR technology allows the detection of crayfish plague directly in the field. A comparison of methods shows that results obtained in the field match laboratory tests. The new field tools provide analytical results within 60 minutes.

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