Scientists from The Pirbright Institute have created a laboratory procedure which allows the response of chicken immune cells to infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) to be studied without infecting live chickens. IBDV, also known as Gumboro disease, can result in immunosuppression and death in poultry, causing significant economic losses across the globe.
News from October 2018
Scientists from The Pirbright Institute have used state-of-the-art approaches to monitor foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreaks that have recently radiated out from the Indian subcontinent.
The seven different types of FMD virus (called serotypes) can be split further into lineages which normally exist in specific geographical areas or ‘pools’. Over the past five years, the geographical range of a serotype O lineage, named Ind-2001, has dramatically expanded into many countries in Asia and North Africa.