Scientists at The Pirbright Institute have found that the transmission of avian influenza viruses in Vietnam is influenced by the structure of live poultry trading networks. Their work has identified the groups that are most likely to employ trade practices that impact the risk of infection in chickens, which could better inform vaccination strategies in poultry populations.
Professor Venugopal Nair OBE, Head of the Viral Oncogenesis group at Pirbright is among the shortlisted nominees for the Newton Prize. The award celebrates outstanding international research partnerships and the £1 million prize will be divided between four winning research projects.
How Pirbright is working to protect our pigs against African swine fever and what you can do to help
African swine fever (ASF) is a deadly disease of pigs and wild boar, it does not affect people. ASF is currently threatening the world’s pig population. Separate outbreaks are decimating pig herds across Africa, Europe and Asia, with official figures from the the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) stating that close to five million pigs have been lost to the disease in Asia in the past year.