Tackling the Threat of Zoonotic Diseases

Tackling the Threat of Zoonotic Diseases
A researcher for Brazil’s state-run Fiocruz Institute handles a cage of captured monkeys, at Pedra Branca state park, near Rio de Janeiro, Oct. 29, 2020 (AP photo by Silvia Izquierdo).

In recent decades, scientists have identified dozens of new, potentially deadly pathogens that originated among other animal species but have the capacity to infect humans. SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is one such zoonotic virus, and humankind’s vulnerability to them is increasing as a result of population growth, globalization, climate change and other processes. A recently launched project called STOP Spillover aims to anticipate and address the threats posed by zoonotic pathogens. This week on Trend Lines, the director of STOP Spillover, Deborah Kochevar, joins WPR’s Elliot Waldman to discuss some of the latest interventions that are being devised […]

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