Work package WP8: Aims
The aim of this work package is to generate assays capable of detecting and characterising an immune response to lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV), then exploit these assays to develop diagnostic tests suitable for use in LSDV surveillance and eradication programmes in Europe and neighbouring countries.
The first task will be to carry out a detailed analysis of the immune response of cattle to natural and experimental LSDV infection. The outputs from these fundamental studies will then be incorporated into the second task, the development of novel and improved immuno-diagnostic tests for LSD in cattle. This task will be facilitated by the experience of IDVet and The Pirbright Institute in ruminant immunology and diagnostic test development.