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Tony Fooks

Since 2017, Dr Fooks has been the scientific lead for International Development in the agency. Between 2000 and 2017, Dr Fooks led a research team at The Animal and Plant Health Agency working on a range of viral zoonotic pathogens. In 2002, he was appointed Director of a World Health Organisation Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response Collaborating Centre and in 2006 was appointed a Designated OIE Reference Expert. He holds Honorary Visiting Professorial positions in the Department of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Liverpool, UK and in the Institute for Infection and Immunity at St George’s Medical School, University of London, UK and holds other honorary positions as a Research Fellow at the Zoological Society of London, part of the University of London in the UK and a Research Associate in the Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies for Fogarty International in the USA. In 2015, Dr Fooks was elected to the OIE Biological Standards Commission and is part of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs roster as an OIE nominated expert for the investigation into the alleged use of biological weapons. Dr Fooks has published more than 350 scientific reports in international journals on a variety of viral pathogens including, Rabies virus, Measles virus, Ebola virus, Influenza virus, West Nile Fever virus, Tick-borne encephalitis virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, Zika virus, Usutu virus, Rift Valley Fever virus, Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever virus, Dengue virus and Seoul hantavirus. Dr Fooks focused his scientific research on ‘One Health’ with an emphasis on emerging and zoonotic RNA viruses.


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End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate. World Rabies Day September 28

September 28th marks the 14th World Rabies Day. This year, we hear from Dr Lorraine McElhinney and Professor Tony Fooks as they talk about this year’s theme ‘End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate’. Find out how APHA is contributing to the UK Government’s commitment to eliminate dog associated human rabies by 2030.