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Swine Fever

Volume 717: debated on Thursday 4 February 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the research by the Institute for Animal Health into African swine fever has sufficient financial support from them to reach an early conclusion. [HL1629]

Defra currently provides £300,000 per annum of research funding into the Institute for Animal Health (IAH), aimed at improving our ability to prevent and control African swine fever (ASF). Much of the research is centred on furthering our understanding of the pathogenesis of ASF and the host immune response, with applied aims of vaccine and diagnostic test development.

In addition to Defra support there is also funding into this programme of research from other organisations, including the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the Department for International Development and the European Union. The various funding streams in effect support the co-ordination and international collaborative effort essential to make rapid progress in the effort to control this disease.

The team at IAH collaborate with researchers in South Africa, America, Spain, Portugal, France and Germany and are in contact with many countries in Africa, Europe and the Russian Federation through the World Organisation for Animal Health and National Reference Laboratory.