Khadija Said Majid

Water bodies as interfaces and pathways for zoonotic and livestock pathogen transmission in Africa and Scotland

PhD aim:
To characterize the role water sources play in the transmission of Leptospira and Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria spp. from the environment between animal populations and between animals and humans.

PhD objectives:

  • Develop methods for the detection and quantification of Leptospira and Non-Tuberculous in environmental samples.
  • Characterise the genetic diversity of these pathogens and identify potential animal sources of environmental contamination.
  • Use advanced statistical modelling approaches (occupancy modelling) to identify spatial and temporal risk factors.

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Msemwa, B.; Mirambo, M.M.; Silago, V.; Samson, J.M.; Majid, K.S.; Mhamphi, G.; Genchwere, J.; Mwakabumbe, S.S.; Mngumi, E.B.; Mgode, G.; Mshana, S.E. Existence of Similar Leptospira Serovars among Dog Keepers and Their Respective Dogs in Mwanza, Tanzania, the Need for a One Health Approach to Control Measures. Pathogens 202110, 609.

Chikoondo, F. M., Majid, K. S., Muhairwa, A. P., & Mpelumbe-Ngeleja, C. A. R. (2019). Factors Lowering Levels of Rabies Vaccination: A case of Kibaha Town District of Tanzania. Tanzania Veterinary Journal37, 54-63. DOI: 10.4314/tvj.v37i1.8s

Khadija Said, Abdul Katakweba, Robert Machang’u (2018) Owner awareness and knowledge of canine leptospirosis as a zoonotic disease in Morogoro, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Health Research, 20(4), DOI: 10.4314/thrb.v20i4.9

Said, K., Bakari, G.G., Machang’u, R., Katakweba, A.S., and Muhairwa, A.P. (2018). Seroprevalence of canine leptospirosis in Urban and Periurban Morogoro Tanzania. African Journal of Microbiology Research 12: 481-487.

Kissinga, H.D., Mwombeki, F. , Majid, K.S. , Katakweba, A.A. S., Nonga, H. E. and Muhairwa A. P. (2018) Antibiotic susceptibilities of indicator bacteria Escherichia coli and Enterococci spp. isolated from ducks in Morogoro Municipality, Tanzania. BMC Res Notes 11(1):1-6

Mtema, Z., J. Changalucha, S. Cleaveland, M. Elias, H. M. Ferguson, J.E.B. Halliday, D.T. Haydon, G. Jaswant, R. Kazwala, G.F. Killeen, T. Lembo, K. Lushasi, A.D. Malishee, R. Mancy, M. Maziku, E.M. Mbunda, G.J.M. Mchau, R. Murray-Smith, K. Rysava, K. Said, M. Sambo, E. Shayo, L. Sikana, S.E. Townsend, H. Urassa, K. Hampson (2016). Mobile Phones As Surveillance Tools: Implementing and Evaluating a Large-Scale Intersectoral Surveillance System for Rabies in Tanzania. PLoS Med 13(4): e1002002.