Our team is leading a new consortium of researchers involving many of the Urban Zoo partners (and more!), under a research pro-gramme called Zoonoses in Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS). The programme is funded by the UK Department for Internation-al Development, (DFID), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Defence Sci-ence and Technology Laboratory (dstl). Many of these UK funders are also involved in the ESEI programme that funds Urban Zoo (see http://www.environmentandhealth.net). Our programme will be based in western Kenya and focuses on developing surveil-lance systems for zoonotic diseases: the key aim of ZELS overall, which is a 20.5million UK£ programme over 5 years, is to reduce the impact on zoonoses on poor people and their livestock and to inform decision makers on how to minimise the health risks associated with the rapidly changing nature of livestock systems in developing countries. The programme was officially launched on 10 November in London – and a press release is available at this link: http://tinyurl.com/lrablgs
You can follow the ZELS programme overall, and our project specifically (called Zoonoses in Livestock in Kenya, or ZooLink) on Twitter using #ZELS and #ZooLinK.
The Zoonotic and Emerging Disease group studies a range of epidemiological issues revolving around the domestic livestock, wildlife and human interface