ITM Alumni webinar #3 Prize for Global Research 2023 - Angelique Jacobs
This new series of ITM alumni webinars features the four ITM winners of the Prize for Global Research 2023. In webinar #3, MSTAH-alumna and laureate Angelique Jacobs (South Africa) will share insights from her master thesis, entitled "Investigating rodents and environmental samples as possible sources of Leptospira infections in the Mnisi communal area, Bushbuckridge, South Africa".
Leptospirosis is an important bacterial infection of both animals and humans, largely neglected worldwide. The aim of Angelique’s study was to investigate rodents as a potential source of zoonotic Leptospira infection within the Mnisi community where a previous outbreak of human leptospirosis had occurred in 2018. The Mnisi community is a rural community, situated at the wildlife-livestock-human interface within the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. This project was the first of its kind for the study of leptospirosis in the Mnisi Community and forms part of the very limited information that is available on leptospirosis within South Africa. Angelique will present the main findings and outcomes of her thesis.
The Q&A-session, moderated by her thesis supervisor Dr Ilana van Wyk, will enable to answer questions from the audience and to share experiences from other contexts.
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MSTAH-alumna 2023, veterinarian, South Africa
Angelique Jacobs is a predominantly small animal veterinarian who graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Pretoria in 2020. She then pursued a Master in Tropical Animal Health while completing her compulsory community service (one year) in a small town called Siyabuswa, in South Africa. She always enjoyed learning and knowing more, with zoonotic diseases being a special interest as so little is known about this aspect of veterinary science. She is currently working in Australia and furthering her career as a veterinarian.
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