Non-primate Hepaciviruses in Egyptian Equids

Equine hepacivirus (EqHV) is one of the non-primate hepaciviruses recently discovered in the Americas, Europe and Asia. It is a hepatotropic member of the genus hepacivirus of Flaviviridae. They are close relatives of hepatitis C virus. Information on EqHV epidemiology, pathogenesis and genetic diversity is limited. Information regarding prevalence and distribution of NPHV in Egyptian equids does not exist.

Go save the world

Dear future colleagues,

You have finished your assignments and your work is now being evaluated according to department guidelines. Does that mean your work is over? The answer is: “NO”.

Deadline (undergraduate student assignments)

Dear future colleagues,

Your assignments are due June 15, 2020. I will continue to receive assignment until midnight. Try to email your final assignment earlier to avoid missing the deadline due to an unexpected event. Early birds will also have a chance to reiterate their work based on feedback from their peers; if that is a thing that you do between groups.

Best of luck. Stay safe.

Taha, E., M. Shawky, B. Ahmed, M. Moustafa, A. Yousif, and M. abd elaziz, "Emergence of viral nervous necrosis is associated with mass mortality in hatchery-reared tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in Egypt", Aquaculture International, 2020.

Graduate Exams

Dear future colleagues,

The Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Research sent us a WhatsApp message a few days ago informing us that the exams for all graduate classes will be paper based. That means that it will be similar in form to what you are all accustomed to. 

Based on the above, I would recommend strongly that you start pooling your questions set; the 10-15 questions that I ask you to prepare at the end of each lecture. Once you have done that, please, send me what you have. It is a good exercise for you. 

Vaccine Development


Sample exam questions

Dear future colleagues,

Please, be advised that sample questions will be provided on a daily basis. These questions are examples from previous exams, and are designed to help you focus your study. Remember, lectures are study guidlines. You should be reading the recommended text books.

Keep cheching my web page for updates.

Good luck,



Our role in the fight against COVID-19

 Dear students, colleagues, and accidental visitors of my page,

I get contacted by many asking what I am doing to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to thank them for addressing a professor of virology in the faculty of VETERINARY medicine about solving a human pandemic. This could only mean that they understand the role that veterinary microbiologists have played in the past, and continue to play, to alleviate the impact of serious biological threats. It means that they understand the One Health concept.