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International Cooperation in FP6, Project Synopses, EUR 22969

Funded under: FP6-INCO


The project is designed to present an integrated approach to the control and eradication of Rinderpest (RP) and peste des petits ruminants (PPR), two economically important diseases of ruminants. It will address one of the key factors hampering effective control policies involving vaccination, namely the lack of marker vaccines and companion diagnostic tests for these viruses. It will also contribute to the strengthening and further development of surveillance systems with respect to early reaction capabilities in regions that are at risk from the diseases. Therefore the main objectives of the project are specified as follows:
- To develop marker vaccines to prevent RP and PPR infections and examine safety issues relating to currently used vaccines and the marker vaccines derived from them.
- To develop marker vaccine companion diagnostic tests to differentiate between infected and vaccinated animals and validate the existing RP and PPR assays. This will provide the parameters needed when decisions have to be made on vaccine use for specific purposes.
- To use improved epidemiological information systems for a better analysis of the current situation of RP and PPR and for predicting the impact of vaccination strategies.

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