A COVID-19-type pandemic had long been predicted, but our warnings weren't heeded. We need to start rethinking our approach to health now – even in countries like New Zealand.
Industrial animal agriculture in our own backyard could very well be the cause of the next pandemic.
Animal suffering not only harms other species, it endangers our own. Here's how we can do better.
Places where lots of animals come into contact can help pathogens move from species to species.
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In the real world, new diseases emerge from complex environments. To learn more about how, scientists set up whole artificial ecosystems in the lab, instead of focusing on just one factor at a time.
Soon, this farmer and her goats could be treated with the same vaccine.
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Rift Valley Fever infects millions of humans and livestock in Africa and Arabia. To fight it, scientists are developing a first of its kind vaccine that can be used on humans and animals.
Paramedics bury a man who died of the Nipah virus in Kozhikode, southern India, in May 2018. There is no vaccine for the virus, which can cause raging fevers, convulsions and vomiting, and kills up to 75 per cent of people infected.
As new viruses "jump" from wildlife to humans and we struggle with antimicrobial resistance and even climate change, a new interdisciplinary approach to human health might just save the day.
People and animals live side by side – and can have pathogens in common.
No one then knew a virus caused the 1918 flu pandemic, much less that animals can be a reservoir for human illnesses. Now virus ecology research and surveillance are key for public health efforts.
A coyote cools off in the shade of a leafy suburb. Wildlife interactions with pets and humans can transfer disease, including the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis.
A parasite found in coyotes, wolves and foxes is now spreading to dogs and their owners as its range expands across Canada.
Slaughterhouses in parts of rural Kenya don’t adhere to basic hygiene standards.
Slaughterhouses are an essential step in meat production. Hygiene standards need to be maintained to prevent the spread of diseases.