Dr. Sherif Zaki who is the Chief pathologist at the United States Centre for Disease Control, CDC popularly known for his wealth of Knowledge in areas of disease Prevention and helped diagnose previously unknown infectious diseases around the world, including influenza and other viral and bacterial illnesses has died at an Atlanta hospital at age 65.
According to his wife Nadia Zaki, he had complications from an accidental fall at home which lead to his death.
Dr. Zaki, who was both a physician and a PhD scientist, combined clinical know-how with the expertise of a laboratory investigator as he sought to solve a host of medical mysteries. As the founder and chief of the CDC’s Infectious Disease Pathology Branch, he was at the forefront of efforts to identify numerous deadly diseases, including the hantavirus, West Nile virus, the Ebola and Zika viruses, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the current global pandemic of covid-19.
“Dr. Zaki was critical in diagnosing unexplained illness and outbreaks that allowed CDC and public health to respond more quickly and save lives,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.
Frederick A. Murphy, a former CDC scientist who discovered the Ebola virus, once called Dr. Zaki “a national treasure … absolutely the best of his kind.”