The EBO-SURSY Project hosts an International Symposium on Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonotic Diseases


Gathering expertise from across two continents, the EBO-SURSY Project, supported by the European Union, is holding its capstone scientific event: the International Symposium on Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonotic Diseases. The conference represents a culmination of several years of scientific research and national capacity building on viral haemorrhagic fevers in Africa by the World Organisation for Animal Health and its partners, Le Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) and Institut Pasteur. The results of EBO-SURSY Project’s scientific research are being released in a special edition of Virologie, with over 56 abstracts and 6 posters. 

The event will host over 140 participants, including WOAH Delegates and Focal points from 10 African countries, as well as partners and the project donor.  

The scientific presentations will be discussed over three days, with the following agenda:  

Senegal – October 9 to 11, 2023

Theme 1 : Origin and eco-epidemiology of emerging and re-emerging zoonoses in West and Central Africa
1. Ebola and Marburg Virus Diseases: reservoir, hosts, epidemiology, maintenance and transmission mechanisms, history and current situation in West and Central Africa;
2. Bats and viruses;
3. Other current and future priority zoonoses: Lassa fever, Monkey pox, HTLV, CCHF, RVF, SARS-CoV-2 and others.

PANEL: Discussion on access to open data

Theme 2: Novel serological and molecular methods for detection and characterization of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases
1. Serological methods (Luminex, etc..) ;
2. Molecular methods (MinION, NGSs, bio-info,…) ;

PANEL: Application/transfer of technologies (diagnostic tools) developed between human public health and animal health, in the framework of One Health.

Theme 3: Risk analysis and integrated surveillance of zoonotic diseases at the human-wildlife-ecosystem interface
1. Surveillance and control of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases involving wildlife (community-based surveillance, multi-sectoral approaches, etc);
2. Modeling (Integrated analysis and mapping) of risks associated with zoonotic diseases;
3. Socio-anthropological perception of the human/wildlife relationship

Theme 4: Valorization of research results and innovations in national surveillance, communication and awareness systems on Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonotic Diseases
1. Strengthening local capacities and capitalizing on achievements over time;
2. Integration of risk analysis into epidemiological surveillance protocols
3. Communication and popularization of research results;
4. Beyond haemorrhagic fevers: research for the prevention of emerging zoonoses

PANEL: New lines of research on MZERs and their financing (Panel).