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Diagnosis and surveillance for African swine fever - SE1614

African swine fever is an enzootic disease of pigs in part of southern Europe and poses a continual threat of introduction into UK. No vaccine is available and control is by a slaughter policy.

A rapid, efficient and reliable diagnostic service will be maintained to fulfil import/export requirements and to confirm and investigate suspected disease outbreaks in the UK and abroad.

Additional diagnostic tests will be developed if suitable reagents become available.

The distribution of African swine fever in southern Europe and Africa will be monitored to identify potential sources of disease introduction.

1. Maintain and provide the facilities required to provide a 24-hour service for the confirmation of suspected outbreaks of African swine fever within the UK.
2. Provide diagnostic service for those countries which require suspected outbreaks of African swine fever to be confirmed.
3. Keep a watching brief for any new techniques or reagents that may offer improved tests for ASF.
4. Monitor the distribution of African swine fever in southern Europe and Africa.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2000

To: 2001

Cost: £32,200
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute for Animal Health (BBSRC)
African Swine Fever              
Animal Diseases              
Animal Health              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Animal Health