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Sharon Brookes

Dr Sharon M Brookes (PhD, FRSB)
Lead Scientist for Virology: Animal and Zoonotic Viral Diseases Portfolio, Animal Plant Health Agency, Weybridge. Veterinary and zoonotic disease virologist with over 25 years’ experience in viral pathogen research and diagnostics (BTV, FMDV, ASFV, Rabies/Lyssaviruses, Influenza A viruses). A strong background in co-ordinating work programmes within high bio-containment facilities both laboratory and animal units; special interest in animal welfare and ethics (3R’s). Expertise: Disease pathogenesis, intra/inter-species transmission dynamics, and disease intervention and prevention. Veterinary species and animal model of human infection (poultry, pigs, ferrets, mice).
Journal Medical Microbiology editor: One Health Section
Civil Service Future Leadership Scheme – 2019 cohort

APHA provides science evidence quickly leading to the first detection of bird ‘flu in the United Kingdom

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This year has seen the earlier than expected arrival of Highly Pathogenic H5 Avian Influenza Virus which is infecting both wild birds and poultry on small holdings and commercial production units. Find out how APHA detects and reacts to a bird ‘flu outbreak in the United Kingdom.

One Health: Virology in action

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The coronavirus pandemic has only highlighted the importance of having scientific experts who can quickly provide advice and evidence for new strains of animal viruses that can transfer into humans and cause severe disease due to the lack of protective immunity against the pathogen. In this blog, marking World Zoonoses Day, we hear from Dr Sharon Brookes, Lead Scientist for the Animal and Zoonotic Viral Diseases Portfolio (AZVDP) as she describes the important range of work her portfolio undertakes.