A novel foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) diagnostic reagent has been developed by scientists at The Pirbright Institute. This has the potential to be used in FMD diagnostic tests, and will be significantly quicker to produce when compared to existing test reagents due to a simplified production technique.
News from September 2018
In recent weeks African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed in Belgium, Bulgaria and the virus continues to take hold in China and escalate in central and eastern Europe. If you keep pigs or are involved in the pig industry it is important you are aware of the disease and how to help prevent it spreading further.
In collaborative research led by The Pirbright Institute, scientists have generated a ‘hybrid’ foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) with improved stability, which will increase its effectiveness when administered as a vaccine. They targeted the Southern African Territories (SAT) 2 serotype viruses, which are among the least stable of the seven different types of FMDV.