Elizabeth (Annie) Cook

Elizabeth (Annie) Cook

Senior Scientist - Epidemiology

Elizabeth Cook is a scientist in epidemiology with a focus on diseases at the wildlife-livestock-human interface.

Elizabeth has a degree in veterinary science from the University of Sydney and spent 8 years in clinical practice in Australia and the UK before focusing full time on research. She also has a Masters in Wild Animal Health and a Masters in Public Health in Developing Countries. 

Elizabeth conducted research projects investigating the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases including tuberculosis, Echinococcus, Cryptosporidium and rabies in Uganda and Kenya before starting her PhD research at the University of Edinburgh in 2010. 

Elizabeth’s PhD research investigated the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases in slaughterhouse workers in western Kenya. This research reported on Q fever, leptospirosis, brucellosis and Rift Valley fever seroprevalence in slaughterhouse workers.

Elizabeth is currently conducting a number of One Health projects in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda investigating zoonotic and livestock diseases.


  • Investigating the efficacy and safety of a novel vaccine for malignant catarrhal fever in cattle (PI)
  • Epidemiology and control of porcine cysticercosis (co-PI) 
  • Immunogenicity and safety of ChAdOX1 RVF vaccine in cattle, camels, sheep and goats (field coordination)
  • Tolerance to ECF in Boran cattle (field coordination) 
  • Mentor on the HORN project


  • African Dairy Genetic Gains Zoonoses project investigating genetic determinants for resistance to zoonotic diseases in dairy cattle including brucellois, Q fever and leptospirosis (co-PI). 


  • Veterinary public health component of the BUILDUganda project (co-PI)


Selected publications

Cook, E., Russell, G., Grant, D. et al., A randomised vaccine field trial in Kenya demonstrates protection against wildebeest-associated malignant catarrhal fever in cattle, Vaccine, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.08.040

de Glanville, W.A, Thomas, L.F., Cook, E.A.J., Bronsvoort, B.M.deC., Wamae, N.C.,  Kariuki, S. & Fèvre, E.M. (2019) Household socio-economic position and individual infectious disease risk in rural Kenya Scientific Reports 9:2972 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-39375-z

Cook, E.A.J., Grossi-Soyster, E., de Glanville, W.A., Thomas, L.F., Kariuki, S., Bronsvoort, B.M.deC., Wamae, C.N., LaBeaud, A.D., Fèvre, E.M. (2017) The sero-epidemiology of Rift Valley fever in people in the Lake Victoria Basin of western Kenya. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 11(7): e0005731. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0005731

Fèvre, E.M., de Glanville, W. A., Thomas, L.F., Cook, E.A.J., Kariuki, S. and Wamae, C.N. (2017). An integrated study of human and animal infectious disease in the Lake Victoria Crescent small-holder crop-livestock production system, Kenya. BMC Infectious Diseases, 17:457. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12879-017-2559-6

de Glanville W.A., Conde-Álvarez R., Moriyón I., Njeru J., Díaz R, Cook E.A.J, et al. (2017) Poor performance of the rapid test for human brucellosis in health facilities in Kenya. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 11(4): e0005508. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0005508

Thomas, L.F., de Glanville, W.A., Cook, E.A.J., Bronsvort, B.M.deC., Handel, I.G., Wamae, C.N., Kariuki, S., Fèvre, E.M. (2017) Modelling the risk of Taenia soliumexposure from pork produced in western Kenya PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases11(2):e0005371 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0005371

Cook E.A.J., de Glanville W.A., Thomas L.F., Kariuki, S., Bronsvort, B.M.deC., Fèvre E.M. (2017) Working conditions and public health risks in slaughterhouses in western Kenya, BMC Public Health, 17:14 http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3923-y

Cook E.A.J.,de Glanville W.A., Thomas L.F., Kariuki, S., Bronsvort, B.M.deC., Fèvre E.M (2016) Risk factors for leptospirosis seropositivity in slaughterhouse workers in western Kenya, Occup Environ Medhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2016-103895

Wardrop, N.A., Thomas, L.F., Cook, E.A.J.,deGlanville, W.A., Atkinson, P.M., Wamae, C.N., et al. (2016) The Sero-epidemiology of Coxiella burnetii in Humans and Cattle, Western Kenya: Evidence from a Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS Negl Trop Dis10(10):e0005032. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0005032

My Projects


Boosting Uganda’s investment in livestock development

My Publications

Sero-prevalence and risk factors associated with occurrence of anti-Brucella antibodies among slaughterhouse workers in Uganda

  • Bugeza, James
  • Roesel, Kristina
  • Mugizi, Denis
  • Alinaitwe, Lordrick
  • Kivali, Velma
  • Kankya, C.
  • Moriyon, I.
  • Cook, Elizabeth A.J.

Cross-sectional serosurvey of Leptospira species among slaughter pigs, goats, and sheep in Uganda

  • Alinaitwe, Lordrick
  • Aturinda, C.J.
  • Lubega, A.
  • Kivali, Velma
  • Bugeza, James
  • Wainaina, M.
  • Richter, M.H.
  • Hoona, J.J.
  • Roesel, Kristina
  • Mayer-Scholl, A.
  • Cook, Elizabeth A.J.
  • Kankya, C.
  • Dürr, S.

Editorial: Health and production issues in smallholder pig farming

  • Conan, A.
  • Cook, Elizabeth A.J.
  • Hötzel, M.J.
  • Martínez-López, B.

Improving animal health: A key to sustainable livestock production and better human health

  • Arndt, Claudia
  • Balcha, Endale
  • Bronsvoort, B.
  • Cook, Elizabeth A.J.
  • Gibbons, J.
  • Lankester, F.
  • Özkan, S.
  • Rosenstein, P.
  • Semango, G.
  • Wheelhouse, N.
  • Wilkes, A.

Risk factors for diarrheagenic Escherichia coli infection in children aged 6-24 months in peri-urban community, Nairobi, Kenya

  • Okumu, Noah
  • Ngeranwa, J.J.N.
  • Muloi, Dishon
  • Ochieng, Linnet
  • Moodley, Arshnee
  • Mutisya, Christine
  • Kiarie, Alice
  • Wasonga, Joseph
  • Watson, J.
  • Amon-Tanoh, M.A.
  • Cumming, O.
  • Cook, Elizabeth A.J.

A Closer Look at Livestock Markets and Meat Supply Chain in Ethiopia: Implications for Sustainable Urban Food System

  • Abera, Delelegne
  • Mego, Lina
  • Amenu, Kebede
  • Cook, Elizabeth A.J.
  • Alonso, Silvia