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Zoonosis Research Unit


The zoonosis research group in the Department of Medical Virology, Faculty of Health Sciences is in the unique position to conduct research on both human and animal zoonotic diseases. This enables the group to study a wide range of pathogens such as the vector-borne flaviviruses (e.g West Nile virus), alphaviruses (e.g Middelburg and Sindbis), and bunyaviruses (e.g Shuni, Rift Valley fever and Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever) as well as viruses transmitted directly from animals to humans including Avian Influenza and certain hanta and arenaviruses. The group has a broad focus on disease surveillance; epidemiology, molecular biology; immunology and ecology of these viruses; development of novel diagnostics and vaccines; viral pathogenesis and discovery.


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