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Research Project: National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Scientists Project

Location: Research Programs

2020 Annual Report

Obj. 1. Develop CCHF virus diagnostic tests for early detection and surveillance of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus including development of viral detection methods for ticks and viral detection methods for cattle, sheep, and goats. Comp. 1: Problem Statement 1A Obj. 2. Determine mechanisms of CCHF transmission including development of CCHF tick and animal infection methods and CCHF tick-animal transmission models. Comp.1: Problem Statement 1A

The goal of National Program 103 (NP 103), Animal Health, is to protect and ensure the safety of the Nation’s agriculture and food supply through improved disease detection, prevention, and control. Basic and applied research approaches will be applied to solve animal health problems of high national priority. The National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) will take over the mission of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) and be the ARS lead facility for Foreign Animal Disease research. NBAF will 1) provide solutions to problems associated with the control, eradication, and recovery of foreign and emerging diseases, and 2) maintain a portfolio of expertise that will allow ARS to rapidly respond to new and unforeseen disease threats.

Progress Report
Contacted Lugar Laboratory, Republic of Georgia, and inquired about the possibility of them hosting the workshop. Preliminary agenda drafted and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever experts have been invited to participate in a gap analysis workshop. However, the workshop has been postponed from September 2020 to September 2021 due to COVID19 in the Republic of Georgia.