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The dynamics of haemorrhagic fever in Africa

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There is increasing public health concern regarding viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs), a diverse group of animal and human illnesses associated with fever and haemorrhage. Using tools developed by our group, I will demonstrate how high-throughput sequencing can generate insights into the the timing and origin of cross-species jumps and the transmission of VHFs within populations. I will consider examples of Zaire Ebolavirus in West Africa, Lassa fever in Nigeria, and fevers of unknown origin in Ghana, as well as the dynamics of two novel, co-circulating simian haemorrhagic fever viruses in naturally infected red colobus monkeys in Uganda, and the challenges that viral diversity creates in developing vaccines.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminar Programme, Department of Veterinary Medicine series.

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