Seminar on “Chikungunya Virus Infection: Re-emergence of a Zoonotic Arbovirus”

A Seminar on “Chikungunya Virus Infection: Re-emergence of a Zoonotic Arbovirus” was organized by Department of Public Health, State University of Bangladesh on Monday, 19th March, 2018. Prof. Dr. Nawzia Yasmin, Head, Dept of Public Health inaugurated the seminar. In her inaugural speech Prof. Yasmin discussed about the vector borne diseases in Bangladesh namely Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus, though Zika virus is not yet prevalent in our country. She also emphasized on the signs/symptoms and preventive measures to raise awareness among the community. She introduced the resource person Dr Atsushi Tanaka Research Scientist, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, Thailand-Japan research collaboration centre on emerging and Re-emerging Infections (RCC-ERI) Department of Medicine Sciences, Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi, Thailand. Prof. Yasmin welcomed the honorable Vice -Chancellor Prof. Dr. Sayeed Salam, Pro Vice- Chancellor Prof. Dr. Anwarul Kabir, Treasurer Maj.Gen. (Retd) Dr. M Shahjahan, Registrar Brig.Gen. (Retd) Mirza Ezazur Rahman, Dr. Md. Mohobbot Ali, Advisor, Prof. Maj. Gen. Mohammad Quamruzzaman (Retd) Head, Department of Business Studies, Khan Ferdousur Rahman, Associate Professor & Head, Department of Environmental Science, Sazzadur Rasheed, Associate Professor & Associate Head, Department of Architecture, Md. Tajul Islam, Senior Advisor, save the children, Dr Sheikh Ariful Hoque, Principal Scientist, CARS, University of Dhaka, a number of dignitaries from LabAid group, representatives from different NGOs, faculty members of Department of Public Health in the seminar. In the key note paper Dr. Tanaka briefly described about the life cycle of Chikungunya virus, disease transmission, disease control and prevention and some highlights on the progress of vaccine development. There were question answer sessions at the end of the presentation. A large number of Nepali Students & students’ from other departments participated at the Seminar in Scholars Inn, Kalabagan.