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Control of Viral Diseases


Moredun’s team of virologists have the twin remits of research and surveillance, primarily of infectious disease endemic to Scotland and the UK and affecting both livestock and wildlife.

Research is directed at providing a better understanding of the mechanisms by which viral pathogens produce the diseases they are associated with. This greater understanding, in turn, is used to develop better ways to diagnose disease early in infection and to produce improved vaccines or disease control strategies. Current research topics include projects on poxviruses, including orf and squirrelpox; herpesviruses such as Malignant Catarrhal Fever (MCF); retroviruses, mainly OPA; and the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) such as Scrapie.

Moredun performs surveillance for the Scottish and UK governments in association with the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA). This entails investigating the cause of disease outbreaks across the UK. Our viral surveillance unit routinely tests for at least 12 different viruses and investigates unusual occurrences of disease, including the emergence of new diseases, where a viral cause may be suspected. The pathology surveillance unit specialises in investigating the cause of disease where neurological symptoms have been evident or are suspected.

More detailed information on each of the research projects and on the surveillance activities can be found by following the links on this page.

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Moredun is committed to promoting animal health and welfare through research and education and is recognized worldwide for its contribution to research into infectious diseases of farmed livestock.