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CCHF Africa 2020: To establish collaborations within Africa for African researchers.

 
Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to the First CCHFV Africa meeting, which will be held at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, from 7 to 8 May 2020.

The CCHFV Africa 2020 conference is the first of its kind and aims to create a platform for African researchers to showcase their research and interact with colleagues to establish collaborations and open communication to further the preparedness capacity for CCHF outbreaks in Africa.
 
Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus is a tick-borne virus with the propensity to cause severe viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks, with case fatalities of up to 30%.  This fatality rate can increase to 40% during nosocomial outbreaks. 
 
Preparedness for CCHF viral outbreaks in Africa can only be improved through increased awareness campaigns and active research and surveillance ventures.  These activities will also aid in the process of developing and establishing preventative measures among high-risk populations.  In terms of research and development, Africa is in dire need of inexpensive, rapid, sensitive, and accurate diagnostic tools which could preferably be employed in field contexts.  In addition, the only current treatment for CCHF is supportive therapy and the use of the anti-viral, ribavirin, the usefulness of which is limited to administration early after onset of the illness.  Thus, it emphasises the need to study the pathogenic mechanisms of this virus to ultimately find novel or supplementary treatment options.

To facilitate participation, there will be no registration fee for African participants.

There will be limited sponsorship for travel for African participants to attend the meeting. Details will be posted on the website when available.

The city of Bloemfontein offers a break from the city rush with its relaxed atmosphere along with access to all the necessities of a city life.  There are many attractions to fill your free time with, such as the National Museum, the Anglo Boer War Museum and the National Women’s Monument, the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Naval Hill Planetarium, the Free State National Botanical Garden, the Orchid House, and the Cheetah Experience, to mention some.

We encourage you to join us and contribute your knowledge and experience of CCHFV during the First CCHFV Africa meeting.

Regards,

Felicity Burt
University of the Free State,
South Africa



and

Ali Mirazimi
Karolinska Institutet,
Sweden


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