Welcome to our website, which provides an outline of the work conducted by the Zoonotic and Emerging Diseases research group (ZED group), led by Prof Eric Fèvre. We are based jointly between the Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGH), University of Liverpool, and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in Nairobi-Kenya, with a significant focus of research activity operating from our field laboratory in Western Kenya and other collaborating laboratories.
Our work applies a One Health approach to the study of zoonoses – infectious diseases that may be passed from animals to people. Through our research we try to understand how these diseases behave at the intersection between wildlife, livestock and human health.
Tips on Zoonotic Diseases
Coenurosis (also referred to as gid or sturdy) is a zoonotic disease, caused by a parasite known as coenurus which is a larval stage (young form) of the tapeworm species (Taenia multiceps, Taenia brauni, Taenia serialis or Taenia glomerata). Coenurosis mainly occurs in sheep and other ungulates, but can occasionally affect humans when they accidentally ingest the the eggs of the tapeworms. The disease is widespread with most cases reported in Africa. In humans, symptoms range from (1) painless skin nodules if coenuri affect the skin; (2) headaches, paralysis, vomiting etc. if the coenuri affects the CNS; and (3) eye infections if the coenuri affects the eye. Prevention is by ensuring water supply remains sanitary and free of dog faeces as well as through dog population control and deworming of dogs, thus preventing infection of the definitive host. Individuals should wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating.
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Our Featured Projects
The Zoonoses in Livestock in Kenya (ZooLinK project) goal is to enable Kenya to develop an effective national surveillance programme for zoonoses (infectious diseases acquired through contact with animals or their products).
The One Health Regional Network (HORN project) goal is to improve the health and wealth of the people of the Horn of Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia) by increasing the local capacity to undertake high-quality research in the interactions between people, animals and the environment – One Health.
The Epidemiology, ecology and socio-economics of disease emergence in Nairobi (Urban Zoo project) goal is focused around the important question of pathogen emergence, and the role of urbanisation in the emergence of zoonotic pathogens).