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Studies of viruses in shellfish in relation to public health - FC0703

Description
R&D Summary Objectives:- Develop standard virological methods to detect indicator viruses and important viral pathogens eg. hepatitis A and use these to determine the kinectics of uptake and depuration of human pathogenic viruses. Key customer purpose:- Support MAFF's responsibilities towards public health hazards arising from shellfish consumption by providing a better understanding of factors affecting contamination of shellfish with pathogenic viruses and their depuration.
Objective
1. To establish at FDL methods for the detection in shellfish of: (a)indicator viruses such as bacteriophages and enteroviruses, and (b)selected viral pathogens such as hepatitis A. 2. To determine the kinetics of uptake and depuration of human pathogenic viruses, and major environmental factors affecting them. 3. To recommend ways to diminish the risk from viral pathogens in shellfish, including improvements to depuration techniques, or other methods for removal of contaminating viruses.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1990

To: 1995

Cost: £1,133,792
Contractor / Funded Organisations
CEFAS
Keywords
Finfish              
Fish Disease              
Fisheries              
Other              
Fields of Study
Fish Health and Aquaculture