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Laboratory diagnosis of African swine fever (ASF): Instructor-led

  2-week course
£2,500 ex VAT
Limited to 4 participants
Plowright Building

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Who should attend

This course has been specifically designed for laboratory staff who are responsible for implementing ASF diagnostic techniques in the laboratory. This course is not suitable for non-laboratory-based research or group leaders.

Requirements and qualifications

Participants must work within a laboratory and have a basic understanding of virological and related techniques. The course is presented in English.

Course description

The course is designed and taught by subject matter experts within the WOAH Reference Laboratory for ASFV. The course will include a combination of hands-on practical’s, demonstrations, seminars, and eLearning. Relevant course material will be provided at the close of the course.

Learning outcomes

In addition to learning outcomes described for “African swine fever (ASF) eLearning”, participants will be able to:

  • Isolate ASF virus and use techniques such as the haemadsorption assay (HAD).
  • Apply diagnostic methods for ASFV antigen and genome identification including antigen ELISA and real-time PCR.
  • Perform serological ASFV antibody detection methods including antibody ELISA, immunoblot, and immunoperoxidase test.
  • Characterise ASFV using genotyping (p72 and/or p54), sequencing and phylogenetic analysis.

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