The flu season is upon us, but how much do you know about avian influenza? Do you know how to protect the birds you keep against infection? Find out the key facts about flu, why the disease is so hard to prevent, and what scientists at The Pirbright Institute are doing to understand more about avian influenza viruses to help prevent the disease in poultry.
News from October 2019
Collaborative research involving scientists from The Pirbright Institute has shown that a new vaccine, ChAdOx1 RVF, is effective at protecting pregnant sheep and goats from Rift Valley fever (RVF), a debilitating disease that can also be transmitted to humans. This work will also help progress the development of the vaccine, which could be the first to be used against both a human and animal disease.
The DEFEND consortium held its second annual meeting in Brussels on 26 - 27 September 2019 to consolidate and progress the research of its members on African swine fever (ASF) and lumpy skin disease (LSD). The consortium, led by Dr Pip Beard from The Pirbright Institute, is made up of 30 scientific partners from academia, industry and government that are working together to halt the emergence of these two livestock pathogens into Europe and neighbouring countries.