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Acting as a key UK global leader in the detection, containment and elimination of viruses with potentially devastating effects to animal and/or human health as well as food and economic security.  We use the following methods to do this:

  • Pathogen discovery and monitoring
  • Diagnostic test development and validation
  • Translating research findings into commercial methods of detection
  • Monitoring the presence of viruses in livestock, wildlife and vectors
  • Differentiating vaccinated and infected hosts in regions where diseases are in circulation (endemic)
  • Carrying out mass surveillance during and after virus outbreaks



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