Over the past few months, world interest has directed towards the discovery of a novel (new) Coronavirus, coming from an animal source and escalating quickly into the human population, highlighting the importance of a One Health approach to prevent and eradicate zoonotic outbreaks. But these global, high profile cases should not overshadow endemic issues such as food-borne bacteria.
Sarah Evans is a lead scientist at the Animal and Plant Health Agency. Sarah qualified as a veterinarian at the Royal Veterinary College and, after a period in mixed practice, she gained a Masters and PhD in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Sarah is an expert in veterinary public health and was a senior veterinary epidemiologist at the former Veterinary Laboratories Agency, leading a successful research team undertaking studies on the epidemiology of zoonoses in livestock and development of national surveillance systems.
Sarah currently leads a multi-disciplinary portfolio of strategic research and national surveillance on bacterial diseases and food safety.
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