Africa / Animal Diseases / Biotechnology / CGIAR / Climate Change / Disease Control / Emerging Diseases / Epidemiology / Ghana / ILRI / Malawi / RVF / Senegal / Trypanosomiasis / Zoonotic Diseases

ILRI to build climate model to predict disease outbreaks

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has received a $4.4 million award for research to build a climate model that can predict outbreaks of infectious disease in Africa. ILRI will work with 11 partners and researchers to integrate data from climate modeling and disease … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Health / Disease Control / Livestock / RVF / Vaccines

Dutch develop new vaccines against upcoming Rift Valley Fever

The Central Veterinary Institute in the Netherlands has developed two candidate vaccines to protect animals (and possible also humans) against the Rift Valley fever virus – a virus that can be deadly for ruminants and tends to be moving from Africa to Europe. Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is a viral zoonosis that primarily affects animals … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Livestock / RVF / Southern Africa / Tanzania / UK / Zoonotic Diseases

Southern African centre to monitor infectious diseases affecting humans and animals

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) announced that “deadly diseases including plague, Ebola and Rift Valley Fever are being targeted as part of a new multi-million pound international partnership involving African researchers and the RVC as part of the London International Development Centre (LIDC). The Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) links medical and … Continue reading

East Africa / RVF

Roche and Google.org to test former’s technology in detecting new diseases in Africa

Roche and Google.org agreed to work together to demonstrate the feasibility of developing a multidisciplinary surveillance, research, and response system. The goal is for this system to enhance the ability to predict and prevent emerging infectious diseases in East Africa. Roche donated a Genome Sequencer FLX system, which will become the backbone of this project. … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Disease Control / East Africa / ILRI / Livestock / RVF

Decision-support tool for prevention and control of Rift Valley Fever epizootics in the Greater Horn of Africa. Version I

This report by ILRI on Decision-support tool for prevention and control of Rift Valley Fever epizootics in the Greater Horn of Africa was released on 7 August, 2009. This publications presents study on decision-support tool for prevention and control of Rift Valley fever epizootics in the Greater Horn of Africa. The decision-support tool consists of … Continue reading