Location: Foreign Animal Disease Research
Project Number: 1940-32000-057-34
Start Date: Oct 01, 2013
End Date: Mar 05, 2015
1. Field samples of FMD serotype SAT obtained by collaborators in Uganda will be sent to the Agricultural Research Council - Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (ARC-OVI) for characterization and matching studies performed using ARC-OVI prototype strains and master serum. Samples will be sequenced and the information obtained will be processed for phylogenetic analysis. This information, along with field surveillance data, will be provided to ARS, PIADC and Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and to collaborators with epidemiological expertise to conduct phylogenetic studies. 2. ARC-OVI will provide training to Ugandan collaborators on serological cross-reactivity and molecular studies concerning SAT FMDVs. This information will aid in the development of recombinant FMD constructs for antigenic matching. 3. ARC-OVI will provide protocols and training to Uganda scientist using their experience handling FMDV in an endemic setting and in support to Uganda’s FMDV monitoring program.