First non-travel-associated MERS in Africa–Researchers report past MERS-CoV infections in two Kenyans
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First non-travel-associated MERS in Africa–Researchers report past MERS-CoV infections in two Kenyans

Researchers at the Nairobi, Kenya-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and at the University of Bonn Medical Center in Germany have found evidence of MERS-CoV antibodies in archived blood samples from two of 1,122 Kenyan livestock handlers, collected between 2013 and 2014. Continue reading

ILRI biosciences hub and vaccine development named global public goods by heads of BMGF and DFID
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ILRI biosciences hub and vaccine development named global public goods by heads of BMGF and DFID

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and Nick Hurd, international development minister for Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID), argue in the Guardian’s Global Development blog this month that the world needs to put science at the heart of development. Two of the examples of success that they cite are initiatives of ILRI. Continue reading

FAO workshops map and plan work to contain animal-transmitted Ebola and MERS diseases
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FAO workshops map and plan work to contain animal-transmitted Ebola and MERS diseases

Joerg Jores, a molecular biologist at the Nairobi animal health laboratories of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) who is working to develop diagnostic assays and vaccines against livestock diseases caused by Mycoplasma mycoides is also investigating the epidemiology of MERS-CoV in camel populations in Kenya and participated in the recent FAO-hosted discussions. Continue reading

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Freie Universität seeks research assistant/PhD candidate to work on live vaccines against Theileriosis

The Institute for Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine of the Freie Universität Berlin seeks a highly motivated and creative person who is interested in working within a multidisciplinary team. The successful candidate must have a microbiology, immunology or veterinary degree and should be willing to travel and work in Africa for periods of up to several months. Continue reading

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ILRI’s research on ticks showcased at South Africa conference on ticks and tick pathogens

A team of biosciences program staff represents the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) at the 12th Biennial Conference of the Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (STVM) and the VIII International Conference on Ticks and Tick-borne Pathogens (TTP8). The joint conference is held in Cape Town, South Africa, 24–29 August 2014. The aim of the conference … Continue reading

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Vaccine cliff-hanger (‘parasite page-turner’) on Gates’ blog

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation blog, Impatient Optimists, is running a piece about ‘an unusual story . . . unfolding in Africa, where the battle against a cattle-killing disease called East Coast fever is quickly becoming a cliff-hanger.’ The article is written by Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), … Continue reading