World Zoonoses Day on 6 July is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of zoonoses – diseases that spread from animals to humans. Zoonoses are a focus of research at The Pirbright Institute, a national research centre that works to enhance the UK’s capability to contain, control and eliminate viral diseases of livestock and those that can spread from animals to humans. Nipah virus (NiV) infection is an example of a newly emerging zoonotic virus that infects and causes disease in a wide range of animals as well as humans.
News from July 2018
Surveillance of livestock and their environment for the presence of FMDV is an important part of preventing outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), a disease which creates a socio-economic burden for the farming industry and smallholder or subsistence farmers alike.
Researchers at The Pirbright Institute have now developed a new method that makes foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) detection easier, even when susceptible animals are not showing clinical signs.