Nina's Notes: Sleeping Sickness, Viral Fevers, Whole Genome Sequencing + More

Installment three of Nina's Notes.

(For the previous batch on One Health policy, statistics, and influenza, click here.)

Hot tip: Click on a photo to magnify and scroll through a high-resolution slide show. For PC users, right click and select "Open link in new tab" to magnify further.

This week, plunge in for:

Zoonotic Sleeping Sickness, or African Trypanosomiasis

Surveillance for Animal Disease in Multi-Herd Populations

Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers

Field Trip 1 😁 - the London International Development Centre

Field Trip 2 😄 - Public Health England


  1. Wow, too much to really process it all. Highlights for me:
    What is the verb for doing surveillance? Is it surveil? Yes, strange, never noticed it used this way. Survey? Not quite the same thing.
    I'd never heard of rinderpest and was surprised about that, till I learned it does not cause human disease. No wonder.
    I smile at your British spellings: haemorrhagic
    Love that we need more interdisciplinarians. Sounds like interplanetary parents who make the kids behave.
    Also, wow, an all-expenses-paid three year PhD in London? Wonder who might be interested in that? (applications due December 1...)

    Thanks for the education, Nina!

    1. It is surveil! I find myself using that word in class but it's an odd one. Technically, it does exist. Lol, as if haemorrhagic wasn't hard enough to spell without extra letters!

  2. Have to say, this all makes me leery of traveling to some parts of Africa.
    Some interesting bits:

    Sleeping sickness:
    Sleeping sickness is unique to sub-Saharan Africa.
    It's the primary constraint on livestock production.
    Periodic major epidemics; 10,000 to 100,000 of deaths

    Viral hemorrhagic fevers:
    Inverse frequency between frequency and fatality
    In the wild, dengue and yellow fever probably compete

    Field trip 2:
    Bat conservationist died from rabies in 2002

    1. You could run into a deadly disease anywhere, not just in Africa. More to come in the next set of notes including tuberculosis in UK, US and New Zealand. More to come on the bat conservationist who died of European bat lyssavirus as well.


Post a Comment