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Viral diseases

APHA’s vital international outreach helps to tackle rabies around the world

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As a major disease threat to animal and human health, rabies is high on APHA’s agenda. Learn how we are actively involved in delivering exemplary global outreach programmes in countries where rabies is present, working towards global elimination of rabies deaths by 2030.

APHA Virologist co-directing the new UK - International Global Coronavirus Network (UK-ICN)

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APHA Lead Scientist and world-renowned virologist Dr Sharon Brookes is co-directing a new network linked to our expanding Coronavirus programme. Find out how APHA will provide crucial advice to stakeholders, policy makers and key international bodies in this exciting new initiative.

APHA's work on viruses spread by mosquitos

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Virology scientist Sanam Sewgobind analysing dead mosquito specimens in the laboratory facilities at APHA

Friday 20th August is World Mosquito Day which is observed annually to mark the 1897 British discovery that female mosquitoes can transmit malaria to humans. In this blog, we hear from Luis Hernández-Triana and Suzanna Bell, APHA Discipline Champions and experts in the field of Vector Borne Diseases, as they tell us more about APHA’s work on this fascinating specialist area.

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.

Rabies

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End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate. www.rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day. 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.

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.