Purdue professor receives $1M grant for pursuit of African swine fever rapid test
May 05, 2022
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — African swine fever, a highly contagious swine disease, is in the Dominican Republic. The disease does not infect people, but it can wipe out pork production in a region.
Quick identification and containment are key to stopping its spread, and a team of Purdue University researchers are developing a rapid, pen-side test for the disease.
The National Animal Health Laboratory Network and the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program has provided $1 million to Mohit Verma, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue, for the project.
“A rapid test that can be done in the field is needed for surveillance and diagnosis of African swine fever,” he said. “When it hit China a few years ago, it wiped out 50% of the country’s pig population. It is a devastating disease, and hours, even minutes, matter in containing it.”
The research funding was included in the U.S. farm bill to build up the nation’s ability to quickly detect and respond to high-consequence diseases.
“This was the first time to my knowledge that a joint operation between these two organizations was included in the farm bill,” Verma said...