The Ministerial Decree of October 4, 1999 (Article 6) identifies the National Reference Centre for Equine Horses (CERME) at the Rome Headquarters, recognizing the technical and scientific expertise of the institute, consolidated over decades. Since its inception, the head of CERME is Dott.ssa Maria Teresa Scicluna, in charge of the Virology Department.
CERME is called upon to carry out activities on diseases of different aetiology (bacterial, viral and parasitic). For this, in addition to the tasks referred to in Article 2 of the aforementioned Decree, common to all national reference centres, particular attention has been dedicated to a specialized diagnosis of most of the infectious equine disease that are endemic or at risk of introduction. For this, second level methods were developed in favour of institutional users and other stakeholders with the aim to extend the activity not only for confirming and/or for excluding a disease but also to provide differential and etiological diagnosis and have tool for carrying out their monitoring.
In this perspective, the focus was on developing diagnostic, especially simultaneous, methods for multiple pathogens responsible for respiratory, reproductive, nervous and anaemic-haemolytic syndromes.
In accordance with O.M. January 13, 1994, CERME manages the information flow of analytical activities for to the “National Control Equine Plan for Equine Viral Arteritis”.
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The 11th International Equine Infectious Diseases Conference (IEIDC XI) will be held in the prestigious and elegant seaside resort of Deauville, Normandy, France from 27th September to 1st October 2021.
The conference hosts, on the 1st of October 2021 the Equine Practitioners’ Day, to learn the current state of the art and gain continuing professional development.
Data which reports recent research relating to any aspect of equine infectious disease will be considered. Recent research relating to any aspect of equine infectious disease will be considered. Examples may include epidemiology, bacteriology, immunology, parasitology and virology and be of relevance to the following systems and topics; gastrointestinal, reproduction, biosecurity, surveillance, neurological, respiratory, diagnostics, working equids, other system diseases, emerging and re-emerging diseases.
All abstracts (oral and poster) that are presented at the Conference will also be published within an online supplement of the Equine Veterinary Journal.Abstracts can be submitted from 27 March 2020 until 17 April 2020 inclusive. Instructions for the submissionare available at https://eidc2021.com/.