The Equine Research Centre (ERC) exists to conduct research that will improve and promote the health and welfare of horses and the horse industry in South Africa.
ERC has 3 main focus areas :
· Equine Infectious Diseases
· Equine Sports Medicine
· Equine Health and Welfare
According to ERC Director, Professor Alan Guthrie, African horse sickness (AHS) takes up approximately 70% of his team’s time.
Excellent progress has been made on developing a new generation vaccine against AHS, and of RT-PCR tests that improve the sensitivity and specificity of detection of AHS virus.