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Andrei Octav Moise Shows Support on Controlling Avian Coronaviruses

As a veteran businessman and expert in the field of entrepreneurship, Andrei Octav Moise is naturally knowledgeable of current news and events. After all, certain events may bring upon significant impact in any particular industry. For instance, agriculture-based industries such as poultry production are deeply affected by the rampant spread of viruses - of which can bring virulent diseases that may deeply affect crops and livestock. Recently, Moise discussed and raised awareness about the avian coronavirus, whilst also talking about recent action done in order to identify and study the virus in better detail.

The avian coronavirus (AvCov) is a kind of virus that, as the name implies, infects various species of birds such as chickens and turkeys. This strain of virus causes avian infectious bronchitis, a rather highly infectious disease that deeply affects various organs in the bird's body - those being the respiratory system, gut, kidney, and reproductive system. Diseases brought by the virus has a severe effect on the performance of chickens in particular, hampering their meat and egg production. Thus, this has led to a substantial loss of revenue within the poultry industry.

For decades on end already, poultry production all across the world has been struggling due to mass economic loss brought upon by avian coronavirus infections. Due to multiple variations of strains, identification and classification of avian coronavirus, as well as prevention and control of diseases caused by these viruses are severely hampered.

With this deadly virus in mind, Moise notes that action is done in an attempt to quell this notorious virus of its destructive capabilities. In particular, he mentions the COST Action on Controlling Avian Coronaviruses. Also referred to as the COST Action FA1207, this action was established in November 2012, and their main objective is to bring forth a broader understanding of diseases caused by AvCov; the goal is to create a network of scientists around the world with expertise and knowledge of avian coronavirus to develop and create not only internationally standardized nomenclature, but also precise detection and surveillance technology in order to develop methods to identify and classify AvCov strains. This is done to produce a framework for data sharing within a platform for easy and open access by everyone.

In order for the Action to achieve and succeed on its goals and more, five Working Groups are established for operation; in order, these groups deal with Molecular Virology, Serology and Immunology, Clinic and Pathology, Epidemiology, and Data Sharing respectively. Participating countries will then network with each other through regular meeting, conferences, and workshops - sharing expertise and data about their respective fields in the process

According to Moise, COST provides the ideal platform to accomplish these goals as different research projects concerning AvCoV are currently funded. The COST Action provides researchers the opportunity to connect and facilitate a network when working on various AvCov topics, thereby enabling them to use their resources more efficiently and effectively. Poultry producers, industry, veterinarians and consumers from all around the world would certainly benefit from results generated in the course of this Action, says Moise.

Advantages of a multi-currency card

Traveling to other countries, while it is fun and full of new lessons, can only be made better if you have sufficient money with you. But with great perks come some great struggles. Some problems faced by tourists are the need to line up just to exchange their money in different countries and experience getting charged and getting their money exchanged at a lower exchange rate. This discourages them to shell out some money, thus not enjoying the trip altogether. So here are just some of the advantages of having a multi-currency card.

Easy access

When you are traveling to another country, as much as possible, you would want little to no inconveniences so you can enjoy every second of your trip. Not having your own multi-currency card eats up your time by making you withdraw large amounts of money and bringing it to unknown territory for exchange. The exchange rates on money exchange shops are way lower than the current exchange rate and charges extra for the processing fee. With the right payment provider, you can have a dedicated USD currency account for your international transactions. With Paxum, you can transfer your funds to your multi-currency card. And with that, you now have the liberty of swiping your card at any store in any country.

Lower fees

Multi-currency cards usually have a higher exchange rate compared to other exchange options such as traveler’s checks or actual money exchange shops. Aside from that, you can have lower cross-currency charges and transaction fees on international cards.

Safe and Secure

When traveling overseas, one of the worst things that could happen to you is losing your pocket money. You can lose your baggage, but you can buy new items in the place you are staying in. When you lose your pocket money, and don’t have a card to withdraw money on, you are basically going to struggle on looking for ways to get by. When you have a multi-currency card, you have the freedom to spend only on what you need, and when you lose the card or when it gets stolen, you can get it blocked to avoid unnecessary charges. Some companies even offer insurance over stolen or lost cards.

Pay anywhere, anytime

Although exchanging your money in physical foreign exchange shops sounds like an accessible idea, what would you do just in case you have a lot of extra cash by the end of your trip? Getting it converted back to your home currency will just cost you more. Meanwhile, with forex cards, you can easily pay whenever and wherever you are since it is widely accepted. You also don’t have to worry about having too much extra loose cash after your trip since you can only withdraw how much you actually need.

Get multiple rewards

Just like membership and credit cards, you can also receive certain perks with your multi-currency card if you spend a certain amount, or accumulate a certain number of points. You can exchange this for rewards or discounts that your bank may offer to its user.

So now that you have an idea of the advantages of a multi-currency card, which country are you going to visit next?

Working Groups

  • Molecular Virology
  • Immunology & Serology
  • Host Pathogen & Receptor Interactions
  • Epidemiology

The aim is to map distinct molecular differences based on changes within the full genome sequence of AvCoV isolates. The next generation sequencing (NGS) will be applied to reveal genotypes and quantify viral population polymorphism at very high resolution. Moreover, the biological function of AvCoV sequence variations, such as pathogenicity, infectivity, virulence, tissue tropism and attenuation will be investigated by using a reverse genetics system.

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