Early detection sought for "zoonotic" diseases in Africa

Technician working in one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Uganda Virus Research Institute. (Photo: IAEA/M. Warnau)

Health experts across Africa should be able to better track and detect animal diseases that threaten humans as a result of a new project launched by the UN's atomic energy agency, IAEA.

Over 20 experts from 13 countries have been meeting in Entebbe, Uganda, to firm up plans to improve regional capacity for the early detection of these so-called zoonotic diseases.

They include the Ebola Virus Disease which has killed almost 10,000 people in West Africa over the last year.

Steve Thachet has been speaking to Michel Warnau, from the IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation.

Duration: 2'36"

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