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How corona viruses have affected camel herding

Since camels often move between different countries and regions, controlling diseases such as corona viruses calls for a transboundary approach involving enhanced surveillance and precise diagnostics. This is a key conclusion in works by molecular geneticist Sheila Ommeh Cecily, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya.

Dr. Ommeh recently won the Top Female Researcher award instituted by Kenya Education Network (KENET), the national research and education network (NREN) of Kenya. The award was based on her high number of publications, 32 on Elsevier’s Scopus and SciVal publication platforms, and 387 citations.

The most highly cited publication authored by Dr. Ommeh is “The Middle East Respiratory Corona Virus which determined the genetic diversity of the virus among camels in Kenya and East Africa.” The scientific article builds upon the first country-wide study of the Middle East Respiratory Corona Virus in camels.

Submitted by Morten Anderson

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