Australian research to target Glässer's disease
Trials to combat outbreaks of the devastating
Glässer's disease in pigs are being conducted as part of a three-year project
being conducted by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries
is a major threat to Australia's multi-million dollar pork industry. The new
research will focus on the so-called 'controlled exposure concept'. This means
that one particular virus strain (causing the Glässer disease) is isolated per
farm to form the basis of a farm specific live vaccine. After
that, the live vaccine is being trialled on two major piggeries and will be
available to the pig industry following testing.
Together with this controlled exposure
method a protocol has been developed that enables to easily assess and
identify the strains present on the farm. This service is currently offered to
Australian the pig industry.
A second alternative vaccine approach - based on a modified
strain that can no longer cause disease - is also being pursued. Trials to
evaluate this novel vaccine are currently being planned and will be undertaken
at the Animal Research Institute in the near future.
Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries in
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