Third Tofo Advanced Study Week on Emerging and Re-emerging Viruses, 2018

Antiviral Res. 2019 Feb:162:142-150. doi: 10.1016/j.antiviral.2018.12.015. Epub 2018 Dec 28.


The Third Tofo Advanced Study Week on Emerging and Re-Emerging Viruses (3rd TASW) was held in Praia do Tofo, Mozambique, from September 02 to 06, 2018. It brought together 55 participants from 10 African countries as well as from Belgium, China, Germany, Singapore, and the USA. Meeting sessions covered aspects of the epidemiology, diagnosis, molecular and structural biology, vaccine development, and antiviral drug discovery for emerging RNA viruses that are current threats in Africa and included flaviviruses (dengue and Zika), alphaviruses (chikungunya), coronaviruses, filoviruses (Ebola), influenza viruses, Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever virus, Rift Valley fever Virus, Lassa virus, and others. Data were presented on recent flavivirus and/or chikungunyavirus outbreaks in Angola, Burkina Faso, and Mozambique. In addition, these viruses are endemic in many sub-Saharan countries. The TASW series on emerging viruses is unique in Africa and successful in promoting collaborations between researchers in Africa and other parts of the world, as well as among African scientists. This report summarizes the lectures held at the meeting and highlights advances in the field.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chikungunya Fever
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / virology*
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Flavivirus / pathogenicity
  • Hemorrhagic Fever Virus, Crimean-Congo / pathogenicity
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Crimean
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola
  • Humans
  • Mozambique
  • RNA Viruses / pathogenicity*
  • Zika Virus / pathogenicity