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Combating Emerging Infectious Diseases in East and Central Africa
February 20 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
The UW MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security presents M. Kariuki Njenga, BVM, PhD, Kenya Country Director & Professor, Washington State University:
The WSU research focus in the East and Central Africa includes combating emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and antimicrobial resistance. Our EIDs program provides epidemiologic training to human and animal health clinicians and teaches strategies to control zoonotic infectious diseases, and develop tools for early detection and response to emerging diseases. Currently, we are investigating the burden and maintenance of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in its vertebrate reservoir the dromedary camel, and camel owners in rural Northern Kenya; and teasing out factors associated with its zoonotic transmission. We are also championing sustainable prevention and control strategies for these diseases. Lessons from these investigations improve Kenya’s capacity to address other new infections as they emerge.