Tracking emerging and zoonotic infections

We are studying insect-borne diseases and those that spread from animals to humans, as well as studying the effect of climate change on disease spread. Some of the highlights of our current work include:

Plague outbreaks linked to El Niño climate conditions

Our research has found that that outbreaks of plague in Madagascar are linked to a naturally occurring climate event – the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Read more here...

Ebola virus

Ebola outbreak

Our researchers have been carrying out work to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, carrying out cutting edge research to better understand its source. Read more here...

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NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections

We are bringing together internationally leading researchers at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Public Health England.  Read more


Detecting Gastroenteritis Outbreaks in the UK

We are leading the £5.1 million Integrate Project, to modernise the approach to surveillance of gastroenteritis outbreaks in the UK. Read more

Zoonoses in Livestock in Kenya project

We are leading a £3.3 million surveillance programme aiming to reduce the incidence of diseases transmitted between people and livestock in western Kenya. Read more...

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Urban Zoo

We are leading a £2.5 million project to assess the risk of emerging zoonotic pathogens in Nairobi by investigating existing livestock value chains and aiming to understand consumer behaviour, sociological factors, microbiological assessments, and the wider environment. Read more...

Horse Grazing

Equine Mosquito Study

We are carrying out research funded by The Horse Trust to determine the risk to UK horses from mosquito-borne viruses. Read more

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Tick Activity Project

We are conducting field surveys of ticks throughout England and Wales to help develop forecasting tools to predict Lyme disease risk to the public and raise public awareness on the risks of tick bites and tick-borne disease, specifically Lyme disease in the UK. Read more...

Latest news

Study shows how Ebola becomes lethal as it spreads

Researchers from the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with Public Health England, have determined why ‌Ebola virus becomes increasingly lethal as it jumps species. Read more...


Scientists show plague outbreaks linked to El Niño climate conditions

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that outbreaks of plague in Madagascar are linked to a naturally occurring climate event in the tropical Pacific. Read more...


Big data approach identifies Europe’s most dangerous human and domestic animal pathogens

The pathogens posing the greatest risk to Europe based upon a proxy for impact have been identified by University of Liverpool researchers using a ‘big data’ approach to scientific research. Read more...