Location: Zoonotic and Emerging Disease Research2021 Annual Report
Objective 1. Develop CCHF virus diagnostic tests for the early detection and surveillance of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus. Develop viral detection methods for ticks. Develop direct viral detection methods for cattle, sheep, and goats. Develop antibody detection methods to determine CCHF exposure in cattle, sheep, goats, and relevant wildlife. Determine the prevalence of CCHF in vector and animal hosts in endemic areas. Component 1: Problem Statement 1A Objective 2. Determine mechanisms of CCHF transmission. Develop CCHF tick and animal infection methods. Develop CCHF tick-animal transmission models. Component 1: Problem Statement 1A
The research addresses the following research components in the 2022-2027 Animal Health National Program (NP 103) Action Plan: 1) Component 1: Biodefense, Problem Statement 1A, Control and eradicate foreign animal diseases. The research addresses ARS Strategic Plan Goal 4.3 and the following Performance Measure: Provide scientific information to protect animals, humans, and property from the negative effects of pests and infectious diseases, and develop and transfer tools to the agricultural community, commercial partners, and government agencies to control or eradicate domestic and exotic diseases and pests that affect animal and human health.
In regard to Objective 1, two associated agreements are being developed which will aid in developing Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus diagnostic tests for the early detection and surveillance of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus. In regard to Objective 2, two associated agreements are being developed which will determine mechanisms of CCHF transmission.