Avian Influenza is a devastating disease of poultry that has recently also been a concern for human heal The last AI epidemic in the EU caused direct and indirect economic losses of over 600 million euros and resulted in the depopulation of 14 million birds. The disease is highly contagious and has its natural reservoir in wild birds. The aims of this project are to develop EU validated rapid, diagnostic tests for the identification of infected flocks, natural reservoirs and potentially infected meat. In addition, the development and application of marker vaccines in order to reduce transmission of infection will be studied, particularly for their use in densely populated poultry areas, thus aiding animal welfare policies. The molecular basis of pathogenicity and the mechanisms involved in host susceptibility and transmission will be studied in animal models to clarify the pathogenetic aspects of this potential zoonosis.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
8221 RA Lelystad
1790 Koebenhavn V
8200 AB Lelystad