Our hands-on workshop “Field epidemiology” at Bouaké in Côte d’Ivoire equipped participants from all ANDEMIA partner countries with basic knowledge in epidemiological investigation and risk mapping, followed by a practical training at the example of Lassa virus, which has been demonstrated to occur in the northern part of Côte d’Ivoire.
Viral hemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola or Lassa fever are responsible for disease outbreaks across West Africa and have a huge impact on human health, as demonstrated by the recent Ebola outbreak. Some of these viruses (e.g. Lassa virus) have their origin in wild animals e. g. rodents. Epidemiological skills as well as knowledge about the interplay of humans and animals are very important to determine high risk areas and to react in a timely manner in the event of an outbreak. This workshop was sponsored by funds from the Global Health Program of the German Ministry of Health.