Animal diseases and zoonosis

The research offered by the RLASB focuses on developing studies on the diagnosis, prevention and control of infectious diseases, both endemic and exotic, which mainly affect the livestock and wildlife sector, as well as zoonotic diseases with risk of transmission to humans.

Some diseases in wich RLASB works:
  • African and Classical Swine Fever
  • Arbovirus (Chikungunya, Zika, Dengue, West Nile Virus among others)
  • Arthropod vectors (authoctonous and exotic mosquitos)
  • Avian viruses
  • Viric diseases in aquiculture
  • African Equine Fever
  • Foot and mouth disease and other vesicular diseases
  • Blue tongue
  • Hemorragic diseases of rabbits
  • Small Rumiants Fever
  • Aujeszky dieases
  • Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies
  • SARS and MERS-Coronavirus
  • Tuberculosis
Image: adapted from the United States Government Accountability Office. 2011.

“60% out of the total infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic”

National and international referent centers

For its singularity and scientific quality, the RLASB laboratories are referents in many organisations and consortials:


  • OIE Reference Center for Classical Swine Fever OIE
  • Collaborating Center for Research and Control of Emerging and Reemerging Swine Diseases in Europe
  • Member of the Infravec2 consortium: Infrastructures for insect disease vector research and control)
  • Member of TRANSVAC: European Network of Vaccine Research and Development
  • Member of  ZAPI: Zoonoses Anticipation and Preparedness Initiative. Part of the public-private partnership Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)
  • ZIKAlliance consortium member: A Global Alliance for Zika Virus Control and Prevention
  • VetBioNet member – Veterinary Biocontained facility Network for excellence in animal infectious disease research and experimentation


  • Reference Laboratory of the European Union (EURL): European Union Reference Laboratory for African Swine Fever (EURL-ASF)
  • Referent for the United Nations Organization for Agriculture and Food (FAO) for African Swine Fever, working actively with National Reference Laboratories of more than 50 countries on all continents
  • Member of Special Committee for Biorisk Management European Union EuFMD / FAO
  • Reference Center for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the United Nations Organization for Agriculture and Food (FAO)
  • It maintains intense relations of cooperation with organizations such as AECID (Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development), OIRSA (International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health), IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), ICLAS (International Council for Laboratory Animal Science), and AFAAR (American Foundation for Alternatives for Experimental Animals) among others

Do you want to learn more about the research offer?