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
Updated 18 September 2019.
African swine fever (ASF) is caused by the highly infectious ASF virus (ASFV) and is often fatal in all pigs and wild boar. The virus does not cause disease in humans, but it does pose a significant threat to food security and has a substantial impact on the economy, especially on trade and farming.
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.