Location: Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research
Project Number: 5430-32000-005-01
Start Date: Sep 01, 2011
End Date: Aug 31, 2014
The National Veterinary Stockpile Recommendations list Rift Valley Fever (RVF) as the third most important agricultural threat to U.S. livestock. There are limited diagnostic assays available, and no RVF vaccines that are licensed for use in the U.S. Early and sensitive detection of an introduction of RVF is critical for an effective control and eradication strategy. The USDA, ARS, Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit (ABADRU), is developing diagnostic reagents for eventual distribution to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). The RVF diagnostic reagents have to be safe and compatible with a Differentiate Infected from Vaccinated Animal (DIVA) control strategy and must work for both vertebrate hosts and invertebrate vectors.