Working together as the answer to eradicate ASFv

Source: Vincent te Beek, Pig Progress, 19 March 2021, photo credit: Nova Medical Senters

The words ‘viruses’ and ‘cooperation’ both form key concepts through the life and career of professor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno. The 2 concepts come together in the latest project he has embarked on: being the coordinator of a European consortium to once and for all eradicate African Swine Fever.

He fought against African horse sickness and worked on Classical Swine Fever as well. Yet if 1 animal disease has been central to the professional life of Prof José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno, it is African Swine Fever (ASF). Working for the Spanish National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research (INIA), he took a leading role when Spain spared no effort to eradicate the virus from the Iberian peninsula in the 1980s, which led to its eventual eradication in 1995.
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