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New Approaches to Diagnostics of Haemophilus parasuis related disease

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Research partner: University of Cambridge

Sponsor: AHDB Pork-funded studentship (Kate Howell)

Duration: 2011 – 2014 

Aims and objectives

  • To bring the UK to the forefront of H.parasuis (HPS) diagnosis
  • To develop sensitive and specific tools for detection of the organism in field material
  • To assess the value of vaccine in the control of disease outbreaks 

Findings to date

  • Statistically significant markers for serotype and for different disease categories for H. parasuis have been found
  • The next stage is to determine which combination of markers gives the best probability of disease causation and to design the molecular diagnostics
  • Markers could be able to predict:
  • Disease
  • Serotype
  • Antibiotic Resistance 

Further information

PhD seminar presentation (2013)

Find out more about PhD student Kate Howell here