Research themes and projects

One Health

  • Prevalence and characterization of Brucella spp. in slaughter animals in Gauteng province abattoirs: food safety implications for meat consumers and zoonotic hazards posed to abattoir workers
  • Zoonotic tuberculosis transmission at the wildlife/livestock/human interface
  • The epidemiology of tuberculosis in cattle and humans living in the wildlife/livestock/human interface in the rural Mnisi community, Mpumalnaga province, South Africa


  • Prevalence and characterization of brucellosis and tuberculosis in Rwanda
  • Seroprevalence and characterization of Brucella melitensis in South Africa
  • Brucellosis in Zimbabwe and the associated risk factors
  • Prevention and surveillance methods for brucellosis in cattle and small ruminants in communal and commercial cattle in KwaZulu Natal
  • Prevalence and risk factors of bovine tuberculosis in livestock and humans in Eritrea
  • Mycobacterium bovis at the wildlife/livestock interface in northern Botswana
  • Prevalence of bovine tuberculosis in African buffalo in the Chobe National Park, Botswana
  • Patterns of longitudinal M. bovis shedding in cow’s milk
  • Changes to the provision of bovine tuberculosis testing in England and the effects on veterinarians and farmers
  • Human Health Risk Factors of Informal Slaughter, focussing on Brucella abortus, in small scale farmers of Gauteng


  • Immunopathogenesis and diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis in cattle and buffalo

Improved diagnostic developments

  • Investigations in improving Brucella culture, serology and molecular assays in South Africa
  • Immunodiagnosis of tuberculosis in domesticated African Elephant (b/) in the Victoria Falls and Livingstone area
  • Infectious causes of abortion

Vaccine approaches for improved disease control

  • Host immune response profiles of calves vaccinated with live and inactivated M. bovis vaccines
Published by Linda Poggenpoel

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