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Viruses we study

Our research focuses on viruses that are potentially devastating for the economy, food security and the wellbeing of animals and humans. These include diseases like foot-and-mouth disease and bluetongue, which affect certain livestock, and zoonotic viruses like avian and swine influenza that can spread from animals to humans.

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Rotaviruses are a group of viruses that can infect a wide range of animals, including chicken, pigs, cattle and humans. They belong to the Reoviridae family, genus Rotavirus of which there are eight species referred to as A,...
Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infects the lower respiratory tract of humans, causing the cells to merge, forming syncytia (hence the virus name). RSV belongs to the family Paramyxoviridae (which includes viruses such as measles and mumps), genus Pneumovirus ...
Schmallenberg virus's default image Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infects domestic animals such as cattle, sheep and goats, but has also been found in bison, moose, alpacas, buffalos and deer. It was first isolated in 2011, and identified as a novel virus from the Bunyaviridae...
Semliki Forest virus (SFV) infects humans, mosquitoes, wild birds, rodents, domestic animals and primates. It belongs to the family Togaviridae genus Alphavirus and has multiple strains, some of which are virulent (such as L10, V13, and Osterrieth) and...
Sheep and goat pox virus's default image The sheeppox virus (SPPV) and goatpox virus (GTPV) are contagious viral skin diseases of sheep and goats. They are members of the Poxviridae , genus Capripoxvirus and were believed to be strains of the same virus, but genetic sequencing...
Swine influenza (SI) viruses infect a wide range of hosts, but are endemic in pigs. SI viruses are members of the family Orthmyxoviridae , and fall into the Type A and C categories. These are subdivided into categories (strains) depending...
Swine vesicular disease virus's default image Swine vesicular disease virus (SVDV) infects only swine. It belongs to the genus Enterovirus , in the family Picornaviridae . Virulence of the different strains can vary. SVDV is an enveloped virus containing a capsid and single stranded RNA genome...
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) infects small rodents, with humans being inadvertent hosts. It is a member of the Flaviviridae family, genus Flavivirus and there are three subtypes; Siberian tick-borne encephalitis virus, European/Western tick-borne encephalitis virus and Far eastern...
Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) infects domestic animals such as horses, cattle and pigs as well as wild animals like deer and small mammals in the tropics. The virus can also infect humans, causing a flu-like illness. VSV belongs to the...

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