• Defend: Our Mission

    To control the growing LSD and ASF epidemics in Europe and neighbouring countries by understanding the drivers of LSDV and ASFV emergence, and by generating research outputs which underpin novel diagnostic tools and vaccines, and authenticate appropriate and rapid responses by decision-makers.

  • The DEFEND consortium will target two viruses of livestock which are emerging into Europe – African swine fever virus (ASFV) and lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV).

    LSDV and ASFV are rapidly emerging high consequence diseases of livestock. Countries in grey/orange reported LSDV/ASFV prior to the start of this project in June 2018.”

    African swine fever is a highly contagious disease of swine which causes a haemorrhagic death in up to 100% of pigs in a herd. In 2007 the virus was imported into the Caucasus, from where it has spread throughout eastern Europe. In 2018-19 the disease entered and spread throughout Asia, causing the deaths of millions of pigs and threatening the food security of the region.

    Lumpy Skin Disease is a disease of cattle. It has been spread steadily north over the past 20 years from Africa through the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean region. It entered Europe, the Balkans and Caucasus in 2014-16. The virus is an immediate and serious threat to cattle in Europe and eastern and central Asia.

    Many of the European and neighbouring countries affected or threatened by ASF and/or LSD are represented on the DEFEND consortium.

  • Defend: Our Funders

    DEFEND is a Horizon 2020 project running from 2018 to 2023. This research received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under agreement No 773701.

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