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Pathogenesis and improved diagnosis and control of avian influenza infections

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS
Address
Woodham Lane, New Haw
KT15 3NB Addlestone
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

AGENCE FRANCAISE DE SECURITE SANITAIRE DES ALIMENTS
France
Address

22440 Ploufragan
CIDC-LELYSTAD, CENTRAAL INSTITUUT DIERZIEKTE CONTROLE LELYSTAD
Netherlands
Address
Houtribweg 39
8221 RA Lelystad
DANISH INSTITUTE FOR FOOD AND VETERINARY RESEARCH
Denmark
Address
Bulowsvej 27
1790 Koebenhavn V
ID LELYSTAD - INSTITUTE FOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND SCIENCE
Netherlands
Address
Edelhertweg 15
8200 AB Lelystad
ISTITUTO ZOOPROFILATTICO SPERIMENTALE DELLE VENEZIE
Italy
Address
Via Romea 14/A
35020 Albignasego
PHILIPPS UNIVERSITY MARBURG
Germany
Address
Robert Kochstrasse 17
35037 Marburg