ISU developed test to detect Japanese encephalitis virus

IARN – In 2013, when the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus made its way to the U.S., the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (ISU VDL) had to design a high-capacity test to keep up with the outbreak. Now there’s another disease that’s made a global spread. Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), which is a mosquito-borne disease common in southeast Asia, found its way to Australia in 2022. While it hasn’t made it to the U.S., it’s still been a high-priority target for researchers. Dr. Rahul Nelli, a research assistant professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine at Iowa State University, has been heading up the project at the ISU VDL and said there are many signs of JEV to look out for in livestock.

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