Scientists get up close and personal with deadly pathogens to give doctors the tools they need to treat people sickened by germs. The key is keeping the researchers – and everyone around them – safe.
Bat hosts, lab leaks – tracing SARS-CoV-2 to its origins involves more than just tracking down patient zero.
A more coordinated effort by scientists, stakeholders and community members will be required to stop the next deadly virus that’s already circulating in our midst.
Pandemic viruses arise from raising, harvesting and eating animals. Policy strategy for averting the next pandemic should include supporting those already seeking to make plant-based dietary changes.
Nairobi harbours all the ingredients for zoonotic spillover to occur between animals and people, particularly in the most densely populated areas of the city.
Ever since the 2001 SARS outbreak and H5N1 avian flu in 2003, we’ve developed tools to monitor diseases that transmitted from animals to humans. But what does a large-scale roll-out entail?
Specimen preservation means researchers don’t need to reinvent the wheel each time they ask a new question, making it critical for the advancement of science. But many specimens are discarded or lost.
Needed: less wild meat in cities, more wildlife experts in public health.
Among the human rights under threat are the rights to life, health, food, a healthy environment, water, an adequate standard of living and culture.
Plenty of species are susceptible to infection, but during the pandemic only mink seem to have passed the virus on to humans.
Yes, your cat can get coronavirus, but here’s why you don’t need to worry too much.
Human encroachment on the environment is increasing the threat of diseases like COVID-19, but spending more time in nature could also be part of the solution to this pandemic.
Genetic information that could help finger the next infectious threat is stored in museums around the world.
If South Africa's proposed Meat Safety Act gets passed in its present form it opens up the possibility of massive consumption of wildlife.
By identifying the roots of global ills such as climate change and biodiversity, there’s an opportunity for coordinated action as countries lay new pathways for a post-COVID world.
Australia has been identified as a hotspot for emerging diseases, which occurs when human activities collide with a richness of animal species.
Garden bird feeders and water baths could be hotspots for infectious disease transmission.
Displaced people are particularly at risk from zoonotic diseases transmitted between animals and humans.
Illegal wild animal meat is found in cities right across the world and poses a very real threat of infecting people.
Zoonotic diseases can emerge closer to home than you realise.