A Sugar Trap for the Equine Influenza Virus

Glycan-recognition offers a new approach for rapid influenza diagnostic for horses

Equine influenza (EI), sometimes referred to as equine flu or horse flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by horse-infecting strains of the virus subtype, H3N8. Dr. Simone Dedola at Iceni Diagnostics discusses an alternative approach to viral detection that identifies the virus – not by its genetic code, which can mutate, but by using its reliance on host-glycan recognition, which is constant and unchangeable.