Tips on ASF

Dr. Sandra Blome

Our host, Alex Carvalho, Global Marketing Director Swine at MSD Animal Health, talks with Dr. Sandra Blome, Deputy as head of the Institute of Diagnostic Virology, head of the German national reference laboratory for classical swine fever (CSF) and African swine fever (ASF) the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut in Germany.

Dr. Blome explains how is the actual situation of ASF, especially in the German borders, as it has recently transformed from an exotic disease to a panzootic threat to domestic and wild suids world-wide. The human factor could be considered the main transmitting factor? What are the main causes of spreading the disease? Could vaccines be the missing tool to control ASF? To combat the disease, we will have to tie strong bonds between countries and disciplines. Furthermore, we have to work on closing critical knowledge gaps.

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Dr. Sandra Blome

Laboratory Director at the Institute of Diagnostic Virology at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut at Isle of Riems (Germany), national reference for the studies of classical and African swine fever. Graduated and graduated in veterinary medicine from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Leipzig. Doctorate with distinction in Veterinary Medicine from the Institute of Virology of the Veterinary University of Hannover.