The prevention of future pandemics requires examining viral family trees.
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Bat hosts, lab leaks – tracing SARS-CoV-2 to its origins involves more than just tracking down patient zero.
A swarm of bats flies out of a cave near Phnom Sampeau, Cambodia.
A bat virus discovered a decade ago in Cambodia indicates that pangolin trafficking remains a credible explanation for the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Transmission electron micrograph of particles of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus at the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic is one ten-thousandth of a millimeter in diameter. How can such a microscopic organism have such an immense impact on global health?
Mink can be readily infected with SARS-CoV-2 and then pass the virus to humans.
In the disturbing scenario of human-to-mink-to-human COVID-19 transmission, the virus may mutate in mink prior to re-infecting people. That possibility makes vaccine design even more crucial.
Illicit endangered wildlife trade in Möng La, Shan, Myanmar.
To better anticipate and manage the emergence of new pandemics, a paradigm shift is needed to take into account the complex interactions between human health, animal health, the environment and the economy.
A smuggled pangolin rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia.
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Promote new habits, find out why people engage with the wildlife trade and don't make it seem more widespread than it really is.
Pangolins are illegally traded, linked to the coronavirus pandemic and driven to extinction in some areas. That's why it's vital to reintroduce this threatened species back into the wild.
The pangolin, one of the most poached animals in the world, could have served as an intermediate host in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans.
Covid-19, like other major epidemics, is not unrelated to the biodiversity and climate crisis we are experiencing.
This Sunda pangolin found throughout Southeast Asia is currently considered to be critically endangered.
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When a new virus emerges and triggers a pandemic, it is important to trace its origins. Knowing more about how the virus jumped species in the first place can help curb future zoonotic diseases.
A four-year-old female Malayan tiger has tested positive for COVID-19, with six other tigers and lions showing symptoms. It's the first known case of a 'wild' animal catching the disease.
The origin of the Covid-19 virus is still unclear: a cave, the forest…
The SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic is undergoing extensive genetic analysis around the world to understand its origin and evolution.
Seizures of pangolins and their scales and skins from Africa, destined for Asia, are increasing.
Pangolins are one of the most trafficked wild mammals in the world.
Police officers mark and register bundles of seized python skins in Linyi, Shandong province, China.
This multi-billion pound industry increasingly involves organised crime groups, who see wildlife as a low risk route to profit.
This pangolin was rescued in Thailand but most captive creatures aren’t so lucky.
Few people are familiar with the pangolin. It is a shy creature, about as big as a medium-sized dog, and its diet consists of ants and termites. Most distinctively, it has armoured plates and will curl…