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PhD student at the UFS-NGS Unit and Division of Virology publishes at the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Mr. Ayodeji Emmanue Ogunbayo is remarkably making headways on research on respiratory viruses using modern molecular assays. His latest published study highlighted the importance of post-COVID-19 surveillance of other viral respiratory pathogens with increased outbreak potential, especially in children. The findings indicated that majority of Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI) cases in children at the Free State, South Africa are caused by viruses. However, further analysis using mNGS could uncover other causes of SARI that were undetected, like those caused by bacterial pathogens. The full research output can be accessed at:

A graphical description on the number of times each viral pathogen was detected across the three study periods (during and between the second and third wave of COVID-19 infection). RSV=respiratory syncytial virus, SARS-CoV-2 = Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, HMPV = human metapneumovirus