Understanding Drivers of Cross-Species Viral Transmissions: Why have we not already Eliminated Rabies?

4:00pm - 5:00pm / Tuesday 28th November 2017 / Venue: Lecture Theatre 1 Life Sciences Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Research / Series: BEEM Seminar
  • Suitable for: University of Liverpool Staff & Students
  • Admission: Free to University of Liverpool Staff & Students
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Rabies remains a major public health problem worldwide, killing up to 70,000 people annually. Elimination of rabies in animal reservoirs is the most efficient method to reduce the incidence of disease in humans. However, there is currently insufficient evidence to know which species are the most important reservoir in some regions, and viruses vary in their ability to cross species barriers. Using a combination of viral genetics and computational approaches on viruses from the Middle East, we are aiming to establish what the constraints are to cross species transmission, and what is the effect of the inevitable surveillance bias. This knowledge is essential to inform control strategies and prioritise limited resources, and have implications for cross species transmission of other pathogens.