Our research focuses on viruses that are potentially devastating for the economy, food security and the wellbeing of animals and humans. These include diseases like foot-and-mouth disease and bluetongue, which affect certain livestock, and zoonotic viruses like avian and swine influenza that can spread from animals to humans.
Rinderpest virus infects cattle, buffalo and yaks but animals such as eland, giraffe, wildebeest, kudu and various antelopes can also carry the virus. Rinderpest virus belongs to the Paramyxoviridae
family, genus Morbillivirus
. The virus has an envelope and...
Rotaviruses are a group of viruses that can infect a wide range of animals, including chicken, pigs, cattle and humans. They belong to the Reoviridae
family, genus Rotavirus
of which there are eight species referred to as A,...
Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infects the lower respiratory tract of humans, causing the cells to merge, forming syncytia (hence the virus name). RSV belongs to the family Paramyxoviridae
(which includes viruses such as measles and mumps), genus Pneumovirus
The sheeppox virus (SPPV) and goatpox virus (GTPV) are contagious viral skin diseases of sheep and goats. They are members of the Poxviridae
, genus Capripoxvirus
and were believed to be strains of the same virus, but genetic sequencing...
Swine influenza (SI) viruses infect a wide range of hosts, but are endemic in pigs. SI viruses are members of the family Orthmyxoviridae
, and fall into the Type A and C categories. These are subdivided into categories (strains) depending...
Swine vesicular disease virus (SVDV) infects only swine. It belongs to the genus Enterovirus
, in the family Picornaviridae
. Virulence of the different strains can vary. SVDV is an enveloped virus containing a capsid and single stranded RNA genome...
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