Tag: African swine fever virus

Safety of ASFV vaccine candidate assessed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has announced that a vaccine candidate for African Swine Fever (ASF) has passed an important safety test required for regulatory approval. The test is an important milestone as part of a series of safety studies. These new results, published in Viruses, show that USDA’s live attenuated […]

2022 African Swine Fever Virus Research Review

This review of the research into African swine fever and its control looks at the progress made since 2015. Since then, the disease has spread through Europe, China and other parts of Asia, and to the Dominican Republic, and research efforts to find effective control measure, including vaccines have been stepped up. The review was […]

GARA 2022 Scientific Meeting, Dominican Republic – Travel Awards announced

The GARA (Global African Swine Fever Research Alliance) 2022 Scientific Meeting will be held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on May 24-26. The scientific sessions will cover epidemiology, virology, pathogenesis, immunology, diagnostics, and vaccines, and there will be updates on African swine fever in the Dominican Republic and global situation. Early registration is until 15 […]

VACDIVA: 1ST INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP FOR HUNTERS

The meeting will update the situation around African Swine Fever, presenting the objectives and results already obtained through the VACDIVA project and will include different presentations and discussions on three main topics: Effective and safe vaccines against African Swine Fever in wild boar and domestic pigs. DIVA tests to accompany vaccine candidates. African Swine Fever […]

Stem cell lines to aid study of host-pathogen interactions in pigs

A method of producing immune cells from stem cells for research into pig infectious diseases is affordable, practical and ethical, a study led by scientists from the Roslin Institute suggests. The use of porcine pluripotent stem cell lines as a source of macrophages, is described in BMC Biology. Investigations using the technique will benefit from […]

The Eustace Montgomery Seminar, honouring the first 100 years of ASF research and exploring hurdles for control of African swine fever in smallholder farming settings

African swine fever (ASF) was first described from what is today Kenya by Eustace Montgomery in 1921. This first publication includes some fantastic clinical trials, and this statement: “…The precautions now being exercised beneficially show that under the conditions at present existing the disease is one which can in large measure be avoided” We believe […]

Genotype I African swine fever virus isolated in China

Two non-haemadsorbing genotype I African swine fever virus isolates (HeN/ZZ-P1/21 & SD/DY-I/21) have been discovered in pig farms in Henan & Shandong provinces, China – posing a potential problem for control and prevention of ASF. The emergence of genotype I virus is in addition to the Georgia-07-like genotype II  ASFV with high virulence that has been prevalent in China since 2018. The isolation of the strains, including […]

Troubleshooting Techniques for Full Genome Sequencing of African Swine Fever

Agenda (note all times in EST): 9:00-9:30: Current worldwide status of sequenced ASFV isolates – Dr. Douglas Gladue, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, USDA 9:30-10:00: ASFV whole-genome sequencing on different platforms – pitfalls and solution. Dr. Jan Forth Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut 10:00-10:15: Questions 10:15-10:30 Break 10:30-11:30 Round table discussion – Dr. Yzui Luo, Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, […]

ASFV vaccine candidate produced in a continuous cell line

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has announced that an African swine fever virus (ASFV) vaccine candidate has been adapted to grow in a cell line, which means that those involved in vaccine production will no longer have to rely on live pigs and their fresh cells for vaccine production. “This opens […]