Laboratory-based surveillance of WHO priority pathogens
PI - Dr. Gary Kobinger

Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) produces a list of priority pathogens, for which scientific resources should be invested towards in the upcoming year. These pathogens usually exhibit a higher outbreak potential and do not have readily available medical countermeasures. In Central and West Africa, more often than not, only limited or outdated data is available on the prevalence of these pathogens.

We are therefore working with local institutions in Africa to provide them with training and diagnostic capacities. Depending on the country, the targeted priority pathogens include Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus, Ebola virus, Marburg virus, Lassa virus, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus, Nipah virus and henipaviral diseases, Rift Valley Fever (RVF) virus and Zika virus. Monkeypox and Leptospirosis, for which the WHO also noted that a more comprehensive surveillance program is needed, will also be included when possible.

In addition to training local individuals, the above research-based training program will provide information on the prevalence of various infectious threats from the WHO list of priority pathogens in various locations in Central and West Africa.

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