The recent emergence and re-emergence of a wide range of arboviruses has led to various challenges ranging from diagnostic applications to preventative measures targeted at decreasing exposure. Mosquito-borne flaviviruses such as West Nile virus (WNV), Dengue virus, and Zika virus (ZIKV) are major public health concerns whether associated with travel related infections or locally acquired transmission. Tick borne flaviviruses are also a concern since Canadian ticks can transmit Powassan virus which can cause neuroinvasive disease. At this session, Dr. Drebot will discuss: the issues of diagnosing infections due to related flavivirus antigenicity, the expanding range of these pathogens, and new insights into their pathology. As well, arboviruses from other taxonomic groups that contribute to human disease will be discussed along with their impact on both public and animal health.
Presenter: Dr. Mike Drebot
Dr. Drebot is the Director of the Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens (ZDSP) section within the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML), Public Health Agency of Canada (Winnipeg). He is also an Associate Professor in the Medical Microbiology department at the University of Manitoba. The focus of his research and reference services activities has been to work with colleagues at ZDSP and various partners / collaborators on the establishment of applied and basic research programs for various zoonotic & vector borne disease agents including: arboviruses (such as West Nile virus and Zika viruses) and rodent-borne pathogens such as hantaviruses.
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