News from October 2018
Pirbright scientists are bringing together vector research communities to improve their capacity for fighting disease. The aptly named ‘Gnatwork’ is forging international connections between scientists that work on three insect groups (sandflies, blackflies and biting midges) through providing funding, training and resources.
Scientists at The Pirbright Institute have conducted the first study to directly compare the ability of two peste des petits ruminants (PPR) vaccines to protect susceptible animals against wildtype viruses from any of the four genetic lineages of PPR virus. Through analysing the immune response of goats that were administered the vaccines, they were able to demonstrate that both vaccines could completely protect against clinical signs of the disease.