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Jordan partakes multinational study to examine spread of infectious disease by migratory birds


[26-09-2021 12:21 PM]

Ammon News - Jordan is collaborating in a multinational effort currently underway to understand and control the spread of disease among migratory birds, Jordan News Agency reported.

Partnering with Michigan State University and CRDF Global, researchers from Jordan, Georgia and Ukraine will have a multidisciplinary network working along what is known as the Mediterranean and Black Sea Flyway (MBSF), the main migration route for birds between Africa and Europe.

In a statement on Sunday, Director of Biosafety and Biosecurity Centre at the Royal Scientific Society, Nisreen Hmoud, said that the cooperative threat-reduction network aims at meeting the challenges of detecting dangerous infectious diseases and pathogens of pandemic potential, as reported by Petra.

"The network will be proactive in developing on-the-ground strategies and biosurveillance, which include investigating the prevalence of pathogens in migratory birds, examining the host and environmental determinants of infections, and implementing protocols across the partner countries to expand research capacity," she added.

Research will be conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scientists, including bioinformatics experts, veterinary virologists, molecular biologists, epidemiologists, statisticians, ornithologists and disease ecologists.




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