Friday, August 14, 2009

Day one of sampling

As kerry said on my behalf, we all safe and sound in zanzibar but are having issues with our mobile internet, but in the meantime I am using the computer at the Department of Livestock and Development in Zanzibar.

The staff here are all wonderful, Drs Waridi and Ramadan met us at the ferry and organized so much on our behalf. We also met with the director of livestock development and discussed how valuable our work would be to him in terms of deciding which vaccine cocktail to be used.
We collected 60 samples today and learned alot of lessons about how we need to be organiozed for our next day of sampling on Monday, when I am sure we will work like a finely tuned machine.

The farmers here are very willing to have us take samples and examine their cows, perhaps too willing! If we samples all the farms that Dr Waridi could arrange for us we would be doing PCR until we are old and grey.

Back to work, hope to get mobile internet up asap so we can give more updates, but in the meantime call the below number if you need to speak with one of us.

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