Location: Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research
Project Number: 5430-32000-006-05
Start Date: Sep 01, 2010
End Date: Aug 31, 2015
Classical Swine Fever (CSF) and African Swine Fever (ASF) are highly infectious diseases of swine. As foreign animal diseases (FADs), an outbreak of CSF, ASF or an unknown threat would significantly affect the U.S. pork industry and export markets. Improved CSF marker live-attenuated vaccines are needed to further reduce the risk posed by this FAD. There are no commercial ASF vaccines, which is a significant gap in the available interventions to stop the spread of ASF. Furthermore, there is a gap in our understanding on the mechanism of ASF pathogenesis. Other needs include improved diagnostic approaches for conducting surveillance. Underlying this research is improved diagnostics and surveillance.