Researchers at The Pirbright Institute have shown that British sheep can become infected with two serotypes of bluetongue virus (BTV) simultaneously and that midges feeding on the sheep can also become co-infected. Their study demonstrates the importance of understanding the effects of bluetongue co-circulation in the field and will help to inform policies on vaccination and control methods to prevent disease spread.
Hassaan Bin Aslam, a veterinarian and microbiologist from Pakistan, is a student at The Pirbright Institute and the Royal Veterinary College whose project explores the structure of the Pakistan chicken industry to provide information that will aid scientists and policy makers in preventing the spread of avian influenza.
Studies undertaken at The Pirbright Institute in collaboration with Inovio Pharmaceuticals have shown that pigs can be used to assess whether influenza antibody therapies are effective, which could provide a better indication of their success in humans than small animal trials. They also demonstrated pigs are suitable for analysing the delivery systems used to administer the antibodies in order to provide longer lasting protection.