Texas Monkeypox Case Underscores Need for Better Surveillance
Texas Monkeypox Case Underscores Need for Better Surveillance
A patient caught the rare disease in Nigeria before flying through two US airports, exposing more than 200 people from 27 states.
Texas Monkeypox Case Underscores Need for Better Surveillance
Texas Monkeypox Case Underscores Need for Better Surveillance

A patient caught the rare disease in Nigeria before flying through two US airports, exposing more than 200 people from 27 states.

A patient caught the rare disease in Nigeria before flying through two US airports, exposing more than 200 people from 27 states.

zoonotic diseases
Two New Coronaviruses Make the Leap into Humans
Two New Coronaviruses Make the Leap into Humans
Amanda Heidt | May 20, 2021
Two viruses from dogs and pigs were isolated from human patients, but neither was proven to cause severe disease or to transmit to other people.
COVID-19’s Origins Need Further Investigation, Say Scientists
COVID-19’s Origins Need Further Investigation, Say Scientists
Catherine Offord | May 14, 2021
A letter signed by 18 researchers argues that hypotheses about zoonotic spillover or accidental lab release both “remain viable” in the absence of additional evidence.
Q&A: New Tool Ranks Viruses by Their Risk of Jumping to Humans
Q&A: New Tool Ranks Viruses by Their Risk of Jumping to Humans
Jef Akst | Apr 9, 2021
Researchers involved in a long-term project to identify viruses of concern have now assessed the risk factors that could help forecast which pathogens are the most likely to spillover from wildlife to people.
Q&A: A Molecular Toolkit to Build SARS-CoV-2 Research Capacity
Q&A: A Molecular Toolkit to Build SARS-CoV-2 Research Capacity
Asher Jones | Mar 3, 2021
Sam Wilson discusses a user-friendly set of resources that he and his collaborators developed to aid labs pivoting to study COVID-19.
Are Climate-Driven Shifts in Bat Diversity to Blame for COVID-19?
Are Climate-Driven Shifts in Bat Diversity to Blame for COVID-19?
Asher Jones | Feb 12, 2021
A study proposes that habitat for bats—and their accompanying coronaviruses—has increased in southern Asia over the last century, but experts debate the reliability of the analysis.
WHO Discounts Idea that SARS-CoV-2 Leaked from a Lab
WHO Discounts Idea that SARS-CoV-2 Leaked from a Lab
Kerry Grens | Feb 9, 2021
An investigation by the World Health Organization into the origins of COVID-19 will instead focus on the virus’s animal origins and the possibility of spread through frozen foods.
Q&A: Minks Can Transmit SARS-CoV-2 to Humans, Study Shows
Q&A: Minks Can Transmit SARS-CoV-2 to Humans, Study Shows
Max Kozlov | Nov 13, 2020
Whole genome sequencing of the virus infecting the farm animals showed that it spread from the workers to the mink and back, indicating that an animal could serve as a viral reservoir.
Denmark to Cull 17 Million Mink Amid SARS-CoV-2 Mutation Concerns
Denmark to Cull 17 Million Mink Amid SARS-CoV-2 Mutation Concerns
Lisa Winter | Nov 5, 2020
Government authorities say because the animals are good hosts of the novel coronavirus, and this new viral variant could undermine vaccine efforts against COVID-19, they are destroying the nation's entire stock of mink.
Disrupted Habitats Have More Zoonotic Disease Hosts: Study
Disrupted Habitats Have More Zoonotic Disease Hosts: Study
Lisa Winter | Aug 6, 2020
Animals that can host pathogens dangerous to humans, such as rodents, birds, and bats, are proportionately more common in human-occupied spaces than in remote areas.
Which Species Transmit COVID-19 to Humans? We’re Still Not Sure.
Which Species Transmit COVID-19 to Humans? We’re Still Not Sure.
Claire Jarvis | Mar 16, 2020
Preliminary modeling studies provide a shortlist of potential coronavirus intermediate host species.
Cause of Viral Pneumonia Outbreak in China Unknown
Cause of Viral Pneumonia Outbreak in China Unknown
Catherine Offord | Jan 6, 2020
Health authorities have ruled out the usual suspects, leading to fears that a novel virus is causing the infections in Hubei Province.
Zoonotic Disease Research Program Shut Down
Zoonotic Disease Research Program Shut Down
Emily Makowski | Oct 28, 2019
The USAID’s Predict program, which conducted animal virus surveillance and disease outbreak prevention training, is ending after its 10-year funding run.
Isolated Ebola Cases Hard to Diagnose, Go Undetected
Isolated Ebola Cases Hard to Diagnose, Go Undetected
Munyaradzi Makoni | Jun 18, 2019
Wide availability of infection control and diagnostic resources is required to control outbreaks early.
Deforestation Tied to Changes in Disease Dynamics
Deforestation Tied to Changes in Disease Dynamics
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 29, 2019
Numerous studies link habitat destruction to malaria and other vector-borne diseases, but the relationship isn’t always clear.
New Species of Ebola Discovered
New Species of Ebola Discovered
Catherine Offord | Jul 30, 2018
The Bombali Ebola virus was identified in bats in Sierra Leone, and there’s no evidence that it has infected people or causes human disease.
Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts
Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 1, 2018
The bat version of the STING protein helps dampen the mammals' immune response to infection, researchers have found.
Predicting Future Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks
Predicting Future Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2018
A step-by-step study of diseases that jump species gives subtle clues about future epidemics.
Infographic: Researchers Aim to Predict How Pathogens Jump Species
Infographic: Researchers Aim to Predict How Pathogens Jump Species
Ashley Yeager | May 31, 2018

Understanding the factors that influence spillover could help forecast future epidemics.

 

Image of the Day: Membrane Fever 
Image of the Day: Membrane Fever 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 17, 2017
Scientists have discovered a mechanism by which the Rift Valley fever virus infects the cells of its hosts.