As from 1 January 2014, the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) has two sites, in Mittelhäusern and Bern. The later is the former Institute of Veterinary Virology (IVV) of the Vetsuisse Faculty Bern. The Institute of Virology and Immunology at the Mittelhäusern site is the Swiss reference laboratory for the diagnosis, surveillance and control of highly infectious animal diseases such as fowl pest (avian influenza), foot and mouth disease and classical swine fever. The IVI investigates the emergence of new diseases in animals and their potential for transmission to humans. It is the approval authority for vaccines and sera for animals. The IVI is part of the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO).
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