A vexing problem facing epidemiologists is predicting where a novel disease might emerge from animals and begin to infect humans.
The illegal trade in wildlife is not only devastating ecologically; it also has a real and measurable impact on human health and economics.
Hantavirus was four times more prevalent at collection sites with less biodiversity than those with more biodiversity
It was in the autumn of 2012 when a Saudi Arabian hospital admitted a male patient with pneumonia. His doctors determined his infection was a coronavirus.
When the “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome,” or MERS, broke out in late 2012 in Saudi Arabia, many initially suspected that the coronavirus responsible for wreaking havoc on patients
When contemplating the harm caused by invasive species, the imagination usually stops at fairly direct effects: an introduced predator decimates hapless prey; invasive weeds choke out nati
People often describe an ecosystem thriving with a diverse set of species as “healthy,” but they may not realize just how apt that label is.
Ebola, HIV, SARS, bird flu: the most frightening infectious diseases to emerge in recent decades have been zoonoses, meaning illnesses that originated in other species and often can be trans
Drones – or “unmanned aerial vehicles” – aren’t just for the military.
Disease can spread from animals to humans—and back again