I am a veterinary graduate from Univeristy of Chittagong (CGVC and now CVASU), Bangladesh. I have worked as a Research Investigator for 6½ year at ICDDR,B , an internationally renowned health research organization based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I have worked on a number of zoonotic diseases including Avian influenza H5N1, Anthrax, and Q fever. On February 2015, I moved to Technical University of Denmark for my PhD on biological models of vector-borne diseases. I am interested on modelling on vector-borne diseases and explore the diseases outbreaks in relation to climate change.
Primary Affiliation: Techinal University of Denamrk - Frederiksberj , Copenhagen, Copenhagen , Bangladesh
Transbound Emerg Dis 2014 Jun 21;61(3):193-8. Epub 2014 Mar 21.
Transbound Emerg Dis
The genus pestivirus of the family flaviviridae consists of four recognized species: bovine viral diarrhoea virus 1 (BVDV-1), bovine viral diarrhoea virus 2 (BVDV-2), classical swine fever virus and border disease virus. A new putative pestivirus species tentatively named as either 'HoBi-like pestivirus' or BVDV-3 has recently been identified in Brazil, Italy and Thailand. Despite reports of serological evidence of BVDV in Bangladesh, the types of the virus circulating in cattle have not been identified. We conducted surveillance in cattle from May 2009 to August 2010 in three government veterinary hospitals to characterize BVDV in cattle of Bangladesh. We tested serum for BVDV using an antigen-capture ELISA. Of 638 cattle samples, 3% (16/638) tested positive for BVDV antigen. The ELISA-positive samples were selected for further molecular detection and characterization of BVDV. Molecular analysis of the partial 5' untranslated region (UTR) nucleotide sequences of BVDV-positive samples identified the rare HoBi-like pestivirus or BVDV-3 virus circulating in cattle of Bangladesh. The identification of this rare HoBi-like pestivirus or BVDV-3 strain in Bangladesh warrants further surveillance to evaluate its impact on livestock production.