Understanding and Tackling Emerging Arboviruses of Livestock

Saturday, February 13, 2016: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Marriott Balcony B (Marriott Wardman Park)
Massimo Palmarini, Medical Research Council-University of Glasgow Center for Virus Research, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Bunyaviruses have proven their ability to emerge quickly and spread rapidly threatening livelihoods, food chains and animal welfare. This has been illustrated by Schamellenburg’s spread through Europe and the emergent threat of Rift Valley fever to the US. Bunyaviruses can reassort genome sequences with other viruses to create new and unknown dangers. Research is now aiming to better understand these factors to develop a vaccine platform to tackle bunyaviruses when they emerge.