Dr Tony Fooks talks about World Rabies Day (WRD 2016) which takes place today (28 September 2016) and highlights some of the Animal and Plant Health Agency's rabies work.
Dr Anthony R. Fooks
I lead the Wildlife Zoonoses and Vector-Borne Diseases Research Group at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (National Reference Laboratory for rabies). I act as a scientific consultant to the UK government, particularly Defra on all issues relating to viral zoonoses. I am a Visiting Professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Liverpool and in the Institute for Infection and Immunity at St Georges Medical School, University of London. In 2015, I was elected to the OIE Biological Standards Commission and I am 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. My active research is principally focused on RNA viruses, especially viral diseases of the CNS and emerging / exotic viral zoonoses.