ILRI veterinary epidemiologist Jeff Mariner presents his research at a meeting of the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) (photo credit: OIE).
Lauren Everitt of AllAfrica interviewed Jeffrey Mariner, a scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, about a current article he co-authored in Science (13 Sep 2012) on lessons learned in the eradication of rinderpest.
Mariner described how, while working at Tufts University, he tweaked a proven rinderpest vaccine to make it temperature stable so it could survive transport in Africa’s extreme temperatures—a critical development.
However, the scientist credits the eradication achievement to his team’s results-oriented focus, reliance on tried-and-true science and willingness to forge partnerships with local communities. He said he is taking the lessons learned from rinderpest and applying them to his newest challenge—tackling a disease killing off goats and sheep across Africa.
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