The ‘One Health’ concept discussed at Otago Spotlight Series

Finger touches surface of mountain lake, the landscape is reflecting on the water.

One Health Aotearoa researcher Associate Professor Patricia Priest discussed the ‘One Health’ concept at the Otago Spotlight on Infectious Disease in Wellington last month. Associate Professor Priest is based in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago.   Other One Health Aotearoa members also presented at the Spotlight including Dr…

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Otago researcher takes genomic sequencing to the farm to help transform lives

Jo Ann Stanton in Africa

In a world first, international scientists including a University of Otago researcher, have used whole genome sequencing to help diagnose a plant pathogen destroying crops on African farms, potentially paving the way for preventing crop failures, vital to the African economy. Dr Jo-Ann Stanton, a Senior Research Fellow in the University of Otago’s Department of…

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Legionella numbers on the rise

Garden trowel in soil

ESR scientists say gardeners should be aware of the risks posed by potting mix and compost, as the numbers of cases of legionella bacterial infection begins to rise. Legionella can cause a range of symptoms, including severe pneumonia (Legionnaires’ Disease). ESR, which manages public health surveillance for the Ministry of Health, has already noted a seasonal…

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