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Research Project: Evaluation of Infrared Thermography As a Screening Method for Early Detection of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Infected Cattle

Location: Foreign Animal Disease Research

Project Number: 1940-32000-057-20
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Aug 22, 2011
End Date: Sep 30, 2014

Objective:
The objective of this project is to identify a distinct profile for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) infected cattle that differentiates them from other conditions or illnesses, utilizing infrared thermatography (IR). Together with collaborators from Vision Air Research, Foreign Animal Zoonotic Disease (FADZ) Center, the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and FLIR Infrared Cameras, ARS, PIADC will assist in the determination of the thermal pattern of FMDV infected cattle using infrared thermatography with each of the serotypes and subtypes of FMDV under laboratory conditions. The specific ARS, PIADC objective is to determine if cattle with abnormal temperature profiles produced by Foot-and-Mouth Disease infection can be detected by IRT.

Approach:
Data will be collected in laboratory infections at ARS, PIADC to determine association between thermal IR signatures and disease progression in cattle infected with various FMDV serotypes and in FMDV-vaccinated vs. naïve animals. A controlled environment with both "known" non-infected and infected cows securing identification of the thermal infrared signature for FMD. Images will be collected at ARS, PIADC to determine association between thermal IR and pattern and disease progression with carious FMD serotypes in both vaccinated and naive cows and cattle directly inoculated or infected with FMDV by contact exposure during vaccine trials and pathogenesis studies.

Last Modified: 7/11/2014
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