The Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) at Kansas State University was established in 2010 to help protect the nation’s agricultural and public health sectors against high-consequence foreign animal, emerging and zoonotic disease threats. CEEZAD has four principal missions:
- Development of novel, safe, efficacious and DIVA-compatible vaccines for prevention and control of high-impact emerging and zoonotic diseases that can be manufactured in the U.S.
- Development and expansion of technologies and platforms for laboratory and point-of-need pathogen detection.
- Development of models to predict high-consequence disease behavior in the U.S. to aid prevention or outbreak control.
- Development of education and training programs for students, veterinarians, first responders and researchers in high-impact animal diseases and animal emergencies.
November 16, 2018
Role of tick in the potential risk of spreading disease in Senegal is focus of newly published paper by CEEZAD official
CEEZAD’s deputy director is co-author of a recently published article analyzing the role played by ticks in the spread of Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) and other pathogen agents.
A particular focus of the article by CEEZAD’s Dr. Jean-Paul Gonzalez and three other co-authors is identifying the species of tick responsible for the disease’s spread in Senegal, where CCHF is known to circulate.
Dr. Gonzalez co-wrote the article with Massamaba Sylla, Institut de Recherches pour le Developpement, Dakar, Senegal; Mady Ndiaye, Departement de Biologie Animale, Universite Cheikh Anta, Dakar, Senegal and Marc Souris, Unite des Virus Emergents, Aix-Marseille University, France.
The article is titled “Ticks (Acari: Ixodida) of the genus Haemaphysalis Koch, 1844 in Senegal: a review of host associations, chorology, and identification.” It is being published this month in the journal Acarologia.
The article reviews the role of the Haemaphysalis tick as a potential vector of zoonotic diseases, including CCHF, in Senegal. It concludes that ticks of thatgenus are a potential vector of CCHF in Senegal.
Those ticks are known to be infected elsewhere by the CCHF virus and be an efficient vector. Also they can transmit other arboviruses pathogen for human and animals including among others : Kyasanur Forest Disease, Powassan, Louping-ill, Russian spring-summer encephalitis) and other pathogen agents of medical and veterinary importance (Anaplasma spp., Babesia spp., Borrelia burgdorferi, Brucella melitensis, Francisella tularensis ssp., Hepatozoon canis, Mycobacterium, Pseudomonas spp.,Toxoplasma gondi, Theileria spp., Rickettsia spp., Sphingomonas spp., Wolbachia spp.,)
Based on a review of recent research, the article concludes that the haemaphysalid tick fauna of Senegal requires more in depth investigations to establish its role in the transmission of pathogens.
The authors note that with respect to climate change, migration and commercial trade, understanding the health risks associated with tick-borne pathogens appears of public health importance in the geographic domains where haemaphysalid tick circulate. Indeed, the authors add, their relative abundance, their seasonality, their geographical extension need to be assessed because the involvement of the Haemaphysalis genus in pathogen transmission may be underestimated.
October 4, 2018
CEEZAD’s director takes part in international symposium on emerging threats