Abel is a veterinarian with graduate training in epidemiology and public health, and is a board certified member of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (Diplomate, ACVPM). Abel qualified as a veterinarian at Makerere University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Kampala, Uganda and later completed his MS and PhD graduate training at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, USA.
Areas of specialism
Abel has research experience and interests primarily in the areas of infectious disease epidemiology and One Health. His early and doctoral research work focused on: the identification of risk factors for nosocomial Salmonella infections in hospitalized horses; evaluation of the diagnostic performance of culture and real-time PCR for detection of Salmonella enterica in hospitalized horses; and the assessment of the utility and relevance of veterinary hospital surveillance and infection control programs in the United States. Later work focused on food safety, specifically on identifying critical control points for implementation of pre-harvest interventions aimed at reducing contamination of beef with the foodborne pathogens, Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica in the United States. More recently, Abel was involved in interdisciplinary collaborative research utilizing One Health approaches to conduct surveillance for Brucellosis, Rift Valley Fever, and other known and unknown viruses with zoonotic potential at the human-livestock-wildlife interface in Tanzania. As part of the research activities in East Africa, Abel's work also focussed on capacity building and strengthening in the areas of infectious disease surveillance and laboratory diagnostics. Currently Abel is working on collaborative research activities focused on assessing the impact of interventions aimed at improving livestock health and production and the socio-economic wellbeing of smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria, Uganda and Ethiopia).
Mari L, Behr S, Shea A, Dominguez E, Johnson PJ, Ekiri A, De Risio L. Outcome comparison in dogs with a presumptive diagnosis of thoracolumbar fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy and acute non-compressive nucleus pulposus extrusion. Veterinary Record (2017) doi: 10.1136/vr.104090
Khaitsa ML, Kabasa JD, Kaneene JB, Ekiri A, Wakoko F, Sischo W, Majalija S, Tumwine G, Freeman D, Card C, Kiama Gitahi K, Mulei C, Mdegela R, Gebrekidan B, Byuka M, Kalema-Zikusoka G. CIMTRADZ: A US-Africa Higher Education Collaborative Model for Sustainable Capacity Development in Trans-Boundary Diseases and Zoonoses Management in Eastern and Central Africa. The Pan African Medical Journal. 2017;27 (Supp 4):20. doi:10.11604/pamj.supp.2017.27.4.12210
Majalija S, Okello DO, Khaitsa ML, Freeman D, Ekiri A, Ssemadaali M, Kaneene JB, Kabasa JD. Africa-United States joint curriculum development of a Master of Science degree in international infectious disease management at Makerere University. The Pan African Medical Journal. 2017;27 (Supp 4):14. doi:10.11604/pamj.supp.2017.27.4.12478
Isiko J, Khaitsa ML, Ekiri A, Sischo W. Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations in the Training of Students on Global Animal Health, Public Health and Food Security. Accepted for publication in The Pan African Medical Journal. 2017;27 (Supp 4):12. doi:10.11604/pamj.supp.2017.27.4.12368
Deutsch J, Ekiri A, De Vries A. Alfaxalone for maintenance of anaesthesia in ponies undergoing field castration: continuous infusion compared with intravenous boluses. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia 2017. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaa.2016.06.004
Mateus A, Takahashi EA, Elkholly DA, Crotta M, Ekiri A, Wylie C, Guinat C, Patricio M, Marshall L, Ferreira JP, Stärk K, and Guitian J. Technical Report: A systematic review to assess the significance of the food chain in the context of antimicrobial resistance with particular reference to pork and poultry meat, dairy products, seafood and fresh produce on retail sale in the UK. November 2016. Report produced by the Royal Veterinary College under a contract placed by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA Report FS102127). https://www.food.gov.uk/science/research/foodborneillness/b14programme/b14projlist/fs102127/
Oliver JAC, Ekiri AB, and Mellersh CS. Prevalence and progression of pectinate ligament dysplasia in the Welsh springer spaniel. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2016;57:416–421. DOI: 10.1111/jsap.12497
Shea A, De Risio L, Carruthers H, Ekiri A, and Beltran E. Clinical features and disease progression of L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria in 27 Staffordshire bull terriers. Veterinary Record 2016. doi: 10.1136/vr.103783
Blacklock KLB, Langer P, Halfacree Z, Yool D, Corr S, Owen L, Friend E and Ekiri A. Canine ovariohysterectomy: A survey of surgeon concerns and surgical complications encountered by newly graduated veterinarians. Journal of Equine Veterinary Education 2016; 43(2):184-189. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3138/jvme.0915-147R
Oliver JAC, Ekiri AB, and Mellersh CS. Pectinate ligament dysplasia in the Border Collie, Hungarian Vizsla and Golden Retriever. Veterinary Record. 2016. doi: 10.1136/vr.104121
Tabe NN, Rahman S, Tabe ES, Doetkott D, Ekiri AB, and Khaitsa ML. Prevalence of Escherichia coli and Salmonella species in runoff of two cattle feedlots in North Dakota. Food Protection Trends 2016;36 (1):33–42.
De Vries AM, Pakkanen SAE, Raekallio MR, Ekiri A, Scheinin M, and Vainio OM. Clinical effects and plasma drug concentrations of romifidine and the peripheral alpha-2 adrenoceptor antagonist MK-467 in horses. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia 2016 Feb 26. doi: 10.1111/vaa.12354. [Epub ahead of print].
Oliver JAC, Ekiri A, and Mellersh CS. Prevalence of pectinate ligament dysplasia and associations with age, sex and intraocular pressure in the Basset Hound, Flatcoated Retriever and Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Canine Genetics and Epidemiology 2016;3:1. doi: 10.1186/s40575-016-0033-1. eCollection 2016.
Ekiri AB, Long MT, and Hernandez JA. Diagnostic performance and application of a real-time PCR assay for the detection of Salmonella in fecal samples collected from hospitalized horses with or without signs of gastrointestinal tract disease. Vet J. 2016 Feb;208:28-32. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2015.11.011. Epub 2015 Nov 27.
Nesemeier B, Landblom D, Doetkott D, Olet S, Logue CM, Ekiri A and Khaitsa ML. Prevalence and Antimicrobial Resistance of Salmonella enterica Shed from Range and feedlot Cattle from Post-Weaning to Slaughter. Food Protection Trends 2015;35(4):280-289.
Ekiri A, Landblom D, Doetkott D, Olet S, Shelver WL, and Khaitsa ML. Isolation and Characterization of Shiga-toxin Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) Serogroups O26, O45, O103, O111, O113, O121, O145 and O157 Shed from Range and Feedlot Cattle from Post-weaning to Slaughter. Journal of Food Protection 2014;7:1052-1240.
Ekiri AB, House A, Krueger TM, and Hernandez JA. Awareness, perceived relevance, and acceptance of large animal hospital surveillance and infection control practices by referring veterinarians and clients. Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association 2014;244:835-843.
Stabile F, Bernardini M, Bevilacqua G, Ekiri AB, de Stefani A, and De Risio L. Neurological signs and pre and post-traction low-field MRI findings in Dobermanns with disc-associated cervical-spondylomyelopathy. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2015; 56(5): 331-338.
Tendo D, Ekiri A, Khaitsa ML, and Sischo WM. Case Study of Experiential Learning through a Training Model at the Science and Policy Interface: The National Animal Health Policy and Food Security Course. North American Colleges and Teachers of America Journal. 2014;58(3):48-55.
Ekiri A, Kabasa D, and Khaitsa M. International Infectious Disease Management: A Case Study of Internationalizing Curricula. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal. 2013;57 (3a):74-82.
Ekiri A, Aceng LF, and Khaitsa ML. An International Experiential Learning Program: A Study Abroad Experience in Uganda. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal 2013;57 (3a):104-110.
Ekiri A and Khaitsa ML. Africa-US Integrated Disease Management Consortium: A Model for International Education and International Development. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal 2013;57(3a):115-121.
Morton A, Varney C, Ekiri A, and Grosche A. Cardiovascular Effects of N-butylscopolammonium Bromide and Xylazine in Horses. Equine Veterinary Journal 2011;43 Suppl 39:117-22.
Ekiri AB, Morton AJ, Long MT, MacKay RJ, and Hernandez JA. Review of the epidemiology and infection control aspects of nosocomial Salmonella infections in hospitalized horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Education 2010;22:631-641.
Ekiri A, MacKay R, Gaskin J, Freeman D, House A, Giguère S, Troedsson M, Schuman C, Henry K, von Chamier M, and Hernandez J. Epidemiologic analysis of nosocomial Salmonella infections in hospitalized horses. Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association 2009;234:108-119.