Our One Health training focuses on developing competence for the application of molecular biology and analytical epidemiology to understand and manage risk associated with infectious diseases through a tiered postgraduate programme.

We aim to develop  world-class research students and fellows, addressing capacity gaps and the convergent need in science and technology that make linking medical and veterinary research efficient and effective in the resource poor settings of sub Saharan  Africa

Human leptospirosis in Tanzania: sequencing and phylogenetic analysis confirm that pathogenic Leptospira species circulate among agro-pastoralists living in Katavi-Rukwa ecosystem

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Shabani K. MullerEmail
Abstract Background Leptospirosis is a neglected zoonotic disease of worldwide public health importance. The disease affects humans, domestic animals and wildlife. However, leptospirosis is challenging in its diagnosis in humans. Culture technique, which is time consuming, is not recommended for clinical diagnosis. For these reasons, serological and molecular techniques remain the test of choice. The…

The changing landscape for health research in Africa: The Focus of the Southern African Centre for Infectious Diseases and Surveillance

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Leonard E.G. Mboera, Vol 81, No 2 (2014), 2 pages
Introduction In April 2013, the Southern African Centre for Infectious Diseases and Surveillance (SACIDS) (see http://www.sacids.org) joined forces with the Tanzania National Institute for Medical Research to convene the Second One Health Conference in Africa, held in Arusha, Tanzania, with the overarching theme of ‘The changing landscape for health research in Africa’. Whilst this reflection…

Surveillance and diagnosis of plague and anthrax in Tanzania and Zambia

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Abstract Yersinia pestis and Bacillus anthracis are diseases that rarely occur, with devastating consequences. In Africa, despite the diseases being rare, they are reported on a yearly basis in remote areas of the continent due to lack of proper surveillance and detection systems. In Tanzania and Zambia, studies have been ongoing to understand these pathogens…

Full genome sequencing to study the evolutionary characteristics of foot-and-mouth disease virus in southern Africa

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 Abstract Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is endemic in most countries of southern Africa where it affects cloven-hoofed animals that include livestock and wildlife. Southern Africa relies profoundly on livestock production as a source of economic growth and livelihoods. Despite the importance of FMD in southern Africa, the epidemiology of FMD virus (FMDV) and factors contributing to…

The changing landscape of the molecular epidemiology of foot-and-mouth disease virus in southern Africa north of Limpopo and east Africa

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Vol 81, No 2 (2014), 1 page Abstract Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is endemic in most countries of southern and eastern Africa. It affects cloven-hoofed animals that include livestock and wildlife. FMD is caused by FMD virus (FMDV), the single stranded positive sense RNA virus, with a high rate of genetic mutation(s). southern and eastern Africa…

Spatial and temporal distribution of foot-and-mouth disease virus in the eastern zone of Tanzania

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Abstract This study was conducted to establish the spatial and temporal distribution of foot- and-mouth disease (FMD) virus (FMDV) serotypes in the ea stern zone of Tanzania. Observational prospective studies involvi ng serological analysis, and FMDV antigen detection, and retrospective study on FMDV antigen detection were used in this research. Seroprevalence of antibodies to the…

Typing and serological surveillance of FMDV in the African buffaloes in Zambia

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 Abstract Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is endemic in Zambia. Little is known of the epidemiology of FMD virus (FMDV) in the country and this has led to the continuous occurrence of FMD in southern Zambia. FMD severely impacts pastoral and agro-pastoral communities who are most reliant on livestock products for economy and food security. Southern Zambia…
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