Sarah Caldwell Hancock of Kansas Farmer highlights the impact of a newly licensed swine fever vaccine from Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The single dose vaccine will be tested in China, where Classical Swine Fever has not been eradicated.
Jishu Shi, professor of vaccine immunology and director of U.S.-China Center for Animal Health in KSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has developed a method of producing a classical swine fever vaccine safely and inexpensively. The disease can cause devastating epidemics among pigs if left unchecked.
“We need to test the vaccine in the field to prove it will work,” Shi says. “If it does, we can help China eradicate the disease, which further secures the U.S. by ensuring the disease doesn’t spread to our shores.”
Research in the development of this vine was performed in KSU’s Biosecurity Research Institute and is supported by a grant from the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Transition Fund.