Cooperation project of IRTA-CReSA with CENSA, Cuba, to fight classical swine fever virus.

Three researchers form the Animal health program (CReSA) of IRTA Pestivirus research line: Llilianne Ganges (principal researcher), Rosa Rosell (researcher), Sara Muñoz (PhD student) and a laboratory technician, Marta Pérez, participate in a project for cooperation and for development, AECID granted to CRESA. The project is entitled: Studies of evolution and pathogenesis of classical swine fever virus (CSFV) in endemic condition. This initiative is taking place in Centro Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (CENSA), La Habana, Cuba.

Classical swine fever (CSF) is a highly contagious viral disease included in the list of notifiable diseases of the World Animal Health Organization (OIE). Due to the impact of this disease on the food security, FAO is promoting a Continental program for its eradication in America, to which Cuba is signed. There is a history of cooperation between the CENSA, Cuba and CReSA (program for Animal Health in IRTA).


This project has a high relationship with the Spanish cooperation, because many of the countries which the AECID works are endemic to CSF. With the implementation of this project, new diagnostic methods will be obtained to detect unapparent forms of the CSF. The research and material generated by this project will help to control this disease, can improve food security and economic stability in the Caribbean region.

The Pestivirus research line, thanks to the availability of IRTA-CReSA’s Level 3 biocontainment unit, has delivered in the last years great insight to the knowledge of this virus pathogenesis, both in domestic pigs and in wild boar.

To contact with the researcher responsible of this project:

Dra. Llilianne Ganges 
Pestivirus Line researcher, Exotic Disease Subprogram, IRTA-CReSA.
Phone: +34 93 467 40 40
Campus UAB, Edifici CReSA s/n,  08193  Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès) Spain 

About IRTA:

IRTA is a research institute devoted to R+D+I in a variety of agri-food areas, such as vegetal production, animal production, food industries, environment and global change, and agri-food economy. The transfer of scientific advances contribute to the modernization, competitiveness and sustainable development of agriculture, food and aquaculture sectors, the supply of healthy and quality foods for consumers and, consequently, improving the welfare of the population. IRTA is assigned to the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca i Alimentació (DARP, Department of Agriculture) of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia).

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