Grant to study disease burden of Salmonella in sub-Saharan Africa

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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The grant comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The grant comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Related tags: Salmonella

The University of Otago has received around NZD$320,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to determine the disease burden of typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella.

Professor John Crump, co-director of the University’s Centre for International Health will lead the project which includes support for collation and publication of data on the illness, disability, and death in Africa.

Robert Heyderman, professor of Tropical Medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, will also be involved.

Professor Crump said in New Zealand Salmonella is thought of as a cause of diarrhoeal disease.

“However, in sub-Saharan Africa non-typhoidal Salmonella is a leading cause of sepsis or blood poisoning.

“There, infants, malnourished children, children with recent malaria, and HIV-infected adolescents and adults are particularly susceptible. About 20% of those who get Salmonella blood poisoning will die.”

Success of malaria control efforts in Africa over the past decade and expanded access to vaccines for other serious bacterial infections mean that Salmonella is the next obvious target, he added.

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