RESQ against Rabies (Since 2016)
Surveillance, canine rabies response units, quarantine and testing, research
RESQ in Pune, has been involved in active surveillance and management of Rabies, a life-threatening disease since 2016. Due to the increased number of Rabies-suspected animals being reported to our helplines, in 2016, RESQ collaborated with Bangalore based organisation, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE supported by the Wellcome Trust, UK/Department of Biotechnology, Government of India Alliance program). Dr. Abi T. Vanak's team and RESQ worked together on creating a Rabies Response Unit, Quarantine and Testing Facility, conducted a Stray Dog Population Estimation Study in Pune City (2018) and ran several studies involving Population Level Sero-Survey of Rabies Antibodies, Population Dynamics Cohort and Vaccine Efficacy Studies. Jointly, our work was presented at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC's International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID).
Genome Sequences of Five Indian Canine Rabies Virus Isolates Obtained Using Oxford Nanopore Technologies Sequencing.
(April 2022) Kumar A, Nath SS, Sridhar Sudarshan A, Iyer V, Jadeja NB, Panchamia N, Banerji I, Vanak AT, Tatu U DOI: 10.1128/mra.01246-21
A passive “OneHealth” surveillance system to track canine rabies in urban India.
(Pre-print) Vanak AT, Panchamia N, Banerji I, Nair M. DOI: 10.1101/2022.02.23.22271029
Real Time Surveillance of Canine Rabies Outbreak in a Large Indian Metropolis
Rabies response unit, rabies control programs