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Dr. Jim Desmond is a consulting veterinarian with EcoHealth Alliance.
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Engineered bat virus stirs debate over risky research - Nature

November 12, 2015

Lab-made coronavirus related to SARS can infect human cells.

The El Niño Warning - Huffington Post

November 10, 2015

At least every seven years or so, and predictable many months in advance, our planet pushes the reset button on our oceans and atmosphere.

A National Blueprint for Biodefense

October 28, 2015

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense to assess how much has been done
to address the biological threat and what remains undone. Despite significant progress on several
fronts, the Nation is dangerously vulnerable to a biological event.

How a team of scientists in Borneo are working up to stop the next pandemic - The Independent

October 23, 2015

Deep in the Borneo rainforest, Charlie Cooper joins a team of scientists tracking the animals that could host deadly viruses.

Integrating behavioral surveillance into emerging infectious disease prevention

October 16, 2015

Pandemics associated with emerging infectious diseases, particularly zoonotic infections, are increasing in both frequency and impact. Over the past decade, attempts to control deadly zoonotic viruses like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronaviruses, and highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses, have been, out of necessity, almost entirely reactionary.

Global biogeography of human infectious diseases - PNAS

October 15, 2015

Human infectious diseases are unlikely to reach the same level of globalization as the people who transport them, according to new research.

Research finds flying foxes poses biggest Hendra virus risk to horses

July 27, 2015

One of Australia's leading bat researchers says scientists are closer to understanding how the deadly Hendra virus spreads to horses. Dr. Hume Field is a science and policy advisor with US conservation group EcoHealth Alliance.

Starvation Timetable in a Pandemic - The New York Times

June 19, 2015

Starvation is a real threat during an extended pandemic, but it is very hard to predict when and where it will start, researchers report in an unusual new study.

Scientists reveal origins of Hawaiian hoary bat

June 18, 2015

A team of scientists on the Big Island used DNA sequencing to determine the species migrated to the islands from the west coast of North America in two separate waves.

Universiti Malaysia Sabah signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EcoHealth Alliance

May 13, 2015

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) to mark their official collaboration in studies related to health, economy and environment.

World warned: Prepare for more Ebola-like outbreaks

April 5, 2015

Outbreaks of deadly animal‑to-human viruses such as Ebola could become more likely due to climate change and human encroachment into untouched natural habitats, a leading United Nations expert has warned.

World Wildlife Day - Protecting Wildlife and Our Health

March 3, 2015

EcoHealth Alliance recognizes the critical role of wildlife in ecosystem and human health. In honor of the UN's designation of March 3rd as World Wildlife Day, EcoHealth Alliance highlights the benefits of innovative conservation science for health.

Catch Up on All Things 'Fortitude'

March 2, 2015

In the close-knit community of Fortitude, a murder touches everyone, and the unsettling horror of the crime threatens the future of the town itself. The police chief, Sheriff Dan Anderssen (Richard Dormer), must investigate alongside Eugene Morton (Stanley Tucci), a detective who has flown into Fortitude so fast that questions are being asked about how much he knew and when. As the two cops try to make sense of the killing, each finds reasons to mistrust and suspect the other.

Preparing for the Next Pandemic: What Will It Be?

January 29, 2015

The recent Ebola outbreak has spread both disease and worry, though it wasn’t a pandemic. Still, it has raised interest in what the next pandemic might be — and what can be done to either stop it or prepare for it.

The Battle To Save The Bats - NPR

January 27, 2015

First the latest on impacts of the severe weather we’re seeing in the region, from roads to the power grid. Then, the battle to save the bats: we're talking with a UNH researcher about signs of resilience among bats, devastated by white-nose syndrome, and new findings about their immune systems that could lead to treatments for some human diseases.

Price tag of saving the world from disease: $344 billion - CNBC

January 17, 2015

Infectious diseases are incubating everywhere across the world—ranging from the deadly Ebola virus to the more common yet debilitating influenza—to often devastating effect. It raises the question of how large a premium should world governments pay to insulate their economies from global pandemics.

EcoHealthNet Application Extended to January 16, 2015

January 16, 2015

The 2015 Workshop, International One Health: Conservation Medicine Policy and Practice, will be held at Tufts University in Massachusetts from May 31st-June 6th. Research Exchange projects can take place between March and August 2015.

The Next Ebolas

January 9, 2015

Three factors predict whether a new virus will cause a human pandemic.

Where Could Ebola Strike Next? Scientists Hunt Virus In Asia - NPR

January 2, 2015

The first step of virus hunting? Catch bats. Ecologist Kevin Olival travels around the world, looking for deadly viruses in bats. In Bangladesh, Rousettus fruit bats live in ancient ruins — and carry signs of Ebola.