Applications are open for the Rodents and Rodent-born Diseases course organized by Institut Pasteur of Iran and the Centre for Communicable Diseases Control and Prevention, Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran. Date: 6-10 October 2018 Deadline for registration: August 20, 2018 Venue: The course will be held in the Research Centre for Emerging and Reemerging infectious diseases which is the national reference center for diagnosis and research on Plague, Tularemia and Q fever in Iran. It is a branch of Pasteur Institute of Iran located in Western Iran.
"Rodents are the largest order of living mammals, comprising approximately 42% of global mammalian biodiversity. With almost 2277 known species in 33 families, rodents have nearly a worldwide distribution. The majority (60.3%) of emerging infectious disease (EID) events are caused by zoonotic pathogens. Furthermore, >70% of these zoonotic EID events were caused by pathogens with a wildlife origin. Rodents can cause significant economic losses (primarily through feeding on stored food) and increase health risk by transmitting various infectious agents to human. Rodents are well-known reservoirs and hosts for a number of infectious diseases (e.g. Plague, Leptospirosis, Leishmaniasis, Lass Fever, and other viral hemorrhagic fevers) and play an important role in their transmission and spreading. In last 50 years, more than 1300 novel human pathogen species have been identified in different categories. Mammals are the main source of these findings (>70%), and rodents are one of those groups with high number of new pathogen species (>15%). Rodent borne diseases have always been a public health concern over the world. Urbanization and Global climate change has also created greater awareness with regards to the importance of rodent control. Due to great importance of rodent-borne diseases effects on public health burden, this workshop is designed to provide the necessary knowledge on rodent ecology and behaviour for both ground staff and policy planners to plan and implement appropriate programs to mitigate damage and control disease transmission. It is expected that the participants improve their knowledge and practice regarding surveillance, diagnosis, and clinical management of rodent born disease and enhance their abilities to investigate the impact of these disease on public health burden in their countries." Faculty: Dr. Ehsan Mostafavi, Epidemiologist, Director of the course, Director of Research centre for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, Pasteur Institute of Iran,Tehran, Iran Dr. Mohammad Mehdi Gouya, Infectious disease specialist, Director of center for communicable disease control, Ministry of Health, Tehran, Iran Dr. Eric Bertherat, Specialist in Public Health and Tropical medicine, World health Organization, Geneva Dr. Peter Mala, Epidemiologist, World health Organization, EMRO, Cairo. Dr. Aude Lalis, Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité, National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France Dr. Violaine Nicolas, Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité, National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France Dr. Frauke Ecke, Landscape ecologist, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, UMEÅ, Sweden Dr. Jean-Pierre Hugot, Parasitologist, National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France Dr. Boris Krystufek, Rodentologist, The head of Vertebrate department of the Slovenian Natural History, Slovenia Dr. Roohollah Siahsarvie, Rodentologist, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran Dr. Mahdi Rohani, Bacteriologist, Research centre for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran Dr. Saied Reza Naddaf, Entomologist, Department of Parasitology, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran Dr. Mostafa Salehi-Vaziri, Virologist, Department of Arboviruses and Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran Dr. Ahmad Mahmoudi, Rodentologist, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Research centre for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran