New zoonoses (pathogens derived from animals) are emerging and known zoonoses are re-emerging in animal and human populations at alarming rates throughout the world. These pathogens represent a serious concern for medical and veterinary public health authorities, as well as for the authorities concerned with regulating biosafety and biosecurity at national and international levels. The confluence of people, animals (wild and domestic) and animal products is unprecedented, largely due to the ease of traversing large distances rapidly, afforded by the aviation industry.

The Centre for Eemerging Zoonotic Diseases (CEZD) aims to be a national and international centre of excellence for emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases.  CEZD aim to function as a resource for knowledge and expertise to the South African government, the SADC countries and the African continent, in order to assist in the planning of relevant policies and programmes and to harness innovation in science and technology to support surveillance, detection and outbreak response systems. In observing this goal the CEZD supports South Africa’s commitment to the International Health Regulations.

For publications of the CEZD please click on the link below:

Head: CEZD
Prof Janusz Paweska

General and secretary to Head CEZD:
Ms Nondumiso Mpuhlu
Tel:   +2711 386 6382
Fax:  +2711 882 3741

Physical address:
National Institute for Communicable Diseases of the National Health Laboratory Service
1 Modderfontein road, Sandringham 2192, South Africa

Postal address:
(Address to particular Division)
National Institute for Communicable Diseases of the National Health Laboratory Service
Private bag X4, Sandringham, 2131, South Africa

Special Bacterial Pathogens Reference Laboratory:
Dr Jenny Rossouw
Tel:  +2711 555 0331
Fax:  +2711 555 0447

Special Viral Pathogens Reference Laboratory:
Dr Jacqueline Weyer
Tel:  +27113866376 or +27829039131
Fax:   +27118823741

Arbovirus Reference Laboratory:
Dr Petrus Jansen van Vuren
Tel:  +27115550503 or +27829088045
Fax:  +27118823741

Electron Microscopy:
Dr Monica Birkhead
Tel:    +273866318

For outbreak, clinical advice or public health queries:
NICD Clinical Advice Hotline +2782 883 9920