News: zoonotics

  • Infographic

    COVID-19: Are men the weaker sex?

    There are substantial sexual disparities between the outcome of COVID-19 disease in men and women. Numerous studies have confirmed that while there is no difference in the proportion of males and females with confirmed COVID-19, male patients have almost three times the odds of requiring admission for intensive treatment and higher odds of death compared to females.

  • Story

    Africa has highest global death rate among critically ill COVID-19 patients - UP experts part of landmark study

    Mortality in critically ill patients with COVID-19 is higher in African countries than reported from studies done in Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

  • Story

    COVID-19: Are men the weaker sex?

    Along with Italian colleagues, Prof Robert Millar published a paper in the journal Neuroendocrinology about the differences between men and women in terms of COVID-19 outcomes, focusing on the role that sex hormones play on the severity and outcome of the infection and the complex interplay of sex with the ACE2 and TMPRSS2 enzymes, and inflammatory and immune systems.

  • Video

    UP researcher's team discovers new compounds with the potential to eliminate malaria

    The University of Pretoria (UP) has discovered new potent chemical compounds that show potential as candidates for both the treatment and elimination of malaria. Professor Lyn-Marie Birkholtz was part of an international team that published this discovery in the journal Nature Communications

  • Story

    UP researcher's team discovers new compounds with the potential to eliminate malaria

    The University of Pretoria (UP) has discovered new potent chemical compounds that show potential as candidates for both the treatment and elimination of malaria.

  • Story

    UP researchers embark on vaccine trial for bovine TB

    Professor Anita Michel and Dr Jennie Hewlett, University of Pretoria (UP) researchers in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, have announced the start of vaccine trials for tuberculosis (TB) in African buffalo.

  • Story

    UP chemical pathology scientists develop groundbreaking nanobodies for COVID-19 detection and therapy

    Researchers at the University of Pretoria (UP) are producing unique nanobodies that could be of ground-breaking use in rapid tests and as a therapy for COVID-19. In tests conducted in collaboration with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the nanobodies have been shown to neutralize SARS-CoV-2 in cells.

  • Talking Point

    Invasive mosquito species could bring more malaria to Africa’s urban areas

    A species of mosquito that can carry malaria – known as Anopheles stephensi – has invaded eastern Africa and is quickly moving across the region. Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, asked Jeremy Herren and Clifford Mutero to provide insights into why this invasion is happening and what can be done to protect people from it.

  • Lecture

    'Can wildlife biosurveillance can prevent future pandemics?'

    Professor Wanda Markotter delivered the 26th Expert Lecture on whether wildlife biosurveillance can prevent future pandemics.The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the most devastating global pandemic in modern history. Wildlife species, including bats, are suggested to have played a role in spillover events.

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