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Professor Kindrachuk Presenting on Incidental and Reservoir Hosts of the Ebola Virus at KAVI-ICR Journal Club


The New Year started on 24th January 2020 for KAVI-ICR Journal club with Professor Jason Kindrachuk from the Department of Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, University of Manitoba, Presenting on Ebola Virus. The presentation was titled 'Identifying the molecular determinants underlying Ebola virus persistence in incidental and reservoir hosts.' The KAVI-ICR Journal club brings together scientists and students twice a month to listen to presentations of various projects. It's usually held at KAVI-ICR boardroom at 7:00 a.m. for two Fridays every month. The attendance was tremendous with Professor Keith and his students joining from the Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba.

The main topics of discussion centred on readiness of countries to deal with an epidemic, the Ebola Virus and possible transmission of Ebola virus post-treatment was also discussed. This presentation came at a time of the emerging coronavirus in china concerning the global community. A report by WHO highlights the need to create systems for preparedness of emerging diseases in a government and get guidance from the international organizations when it happens rather than waiting for help from outside first.

During the Journal Club, the outbreak in Sierra Leone was discussed by Prof. Kindrachuk and it was observed that the Ebola virus was detected in semen even after treatment with the virus being eliminated in the blood. Post-treatment effects such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shown in patients being an emerging issue. The presentation was interesting which was evident during the question-answer session conducted by Professor Omu Anzala. After the one and half hour presentation, Dr Marianne Mureithi announced that the next journal club will be held on 7th February 2020. Check on our Website for future Journal clubs meetings.

Article by Sarah Nyanchera N.