To increase our understanding of the epidemiology, transmission and persistent factors of ASF in Nigeria and control strategies.
Objectives Through this action, we specifically aim to:
- determine the phenotype-genotype traits of pigs that survive ASF outbreaks (the possibility of carriers/ASF resistant pigs). This will give us insights on why the ASF disease keeps insidious in some cases.
- develop a community-based participatory biosecurity approach to reduce ASF outbreaks for improved pig production. This will result into a community-owned strategy that will be effective for ASF prevention and control.
- evaluate/validate a selection of currently available ASF rapid diagnostics tests for use in resource constrained and outbreak situations in order to speed up disease identification and limit disease spread. Through this we expect that early and appropriate ASF diagnosis will reduce the spread of the disease.
- determine the genetic characteristics and patterns of transmission of ASFV from under represented genotypes (especially Nigeria) for strategic disease prevention. This will highlight the important break points to prevent disease spread.