Scientists from The Pirbright Institute are paving the way for a regional OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) reference laboratory in Tanzania by training local scientists to further advance their diagnostic capability of Peste des petit ruminants virus (PPRV) in the field and laboratory.
News from July 2016
New research carried out at The Pirbright Institute indicates that the genes of some chickens makes them almost resistant to bird flu. The findings, which are published in the journal Scientific Reports, show that genetics play a key part in whether the birds are susceptible or resistant to the potentially deadly virus. Until now, scientists around the world have not paid enough attention to the role the genetics of birds play in the transmission of flu, focusing instead on how the virus itself evolves and infects.
World Zoonoses Day: The Pirbright Institute’s research leads the way in improving animal and human health
Understanding, controlling and eradicating diseases that affect animals has never been more important in helping protect human health as well, said The Pirbright Institute on World Zoonoses Day on Wednesday 6 July 2016.
Over the last ten years experts estimate that three quarters of all emerging infectious diseases have originated in animals, claiming that the next global pandemic could originate in this way.