A Diagnostic Device for In-Situ Detection of Swine Viral Diseases: The SWINOSTICS Project

In this paper, we present the concept of a novel diagnostic device for on-site analyses, based on the use of advanced bio-sensing and photonics technologies to tackle emerging and endemic viruses causing swine epidemics and significant economic damage in farms.
Authors: Concetta Montagnese, Paolo Barattini, Alessandro Giusti, Gyula Balka, Ugo Bruno, Ioannis Bossis, Athanasios Gelasakis, Matteo Bonasso, Panayiotis Philmis, Lilla Dénes, Sergio Peransi, Manuel Rodrigo, Santiago Simón, Amadeu Griol, Grzegorz Wozniakowski, Katarzyna Podgorska, Carolina Pugliese, Lapo Nannucci, Sabato D’Auria and Antonio Varriale
 
Journal: Sensors 2019, 19(2), 407
 
Publisher: MDPI 
 
Abstract
 
In this paper, we present the concept of a novel diagnostic device for on-site analyses, based on the use of advanced bio-sensing and photonics technologies to tackle emerging and endemic viruses causing swine epidemics and significant economic damage in farms. The device is currently under development in the framework of the EU Commission co-funded project. The overall concept behind the project is to develop a method for an early and fast on field detection of selected swine viruses by non-specialized personnel. The technology is able to detect pathogens in different types of biological samples, such as oral fluids, faeces, blood or nasal swabs. The device will allow for an immediate on-site threat assessment. In this work, we present the overall concept of the device, its architecture with the technical requirements, and all the used innovative technologies that contribute to the advancements of the current state of the art. 
 
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