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Kevin J. Olival

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NIH Fogarty U.S. Global Health Postdoctoral Scientist

Kevin J. Olival

Dr. Kevin J. Olival is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist with an interest in emerging infectious diseases and conservation.
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Where Does Ebola Come From? - Dr. Jon Epstein interviewed by The Atlantic

July 29, 2014

How eating bats, washing victims' bodies, and a lack of doctors are all contributing to the worst Ebola outbreak of all time.

How To Fight The Worst Ebola Outbreak In History - Dr Jon Epstein interviewed for HuffPost Live

July 28, 2014

Doctors in West Africa are fighting the worst Ebola outbreak in history. A top specialist leading the charge is now infected and there's no cure. We take a look at the spread of the disease and how it can be stopped.

Eating bush meat as viral feast - Dr. Kristine Smith interviewed by The Guardian

July 24, 2014

Veterinarian Kristine Smith of EcoHealth Alliance, a wildlife conservation and health group in New York City, led the new analysis, published in PLoS ONE. Her team analyzed primate and rodent bush meat that had been serendipitously caught at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and eventually at four others (in Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta and Houston) over the past five years.

MERS may be airborne, scientists say - Dr. Kevin Olival quoted on

July 22, 2014

There have been 836 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS infection since its first appearance in 2012, according to the latest numbers provided by the World Health Organization. At least 288 related deaths have officially been reported to the WHO.

How deforestation shares the blame for the Ebola epidemic - The Washington Post

July 8, 2014

Like most matters involving an Ebola epidemic, chronicling its first horrifying infection is not an easy endeavor. But even in circumstances in which details are hard to come by, certain similarities have emerged.

Transmission catalog proposed to help combat zoonotic diseases - Nature Medicine

July 7, 2014

A team led by disease ecologist Peter Daszak, president of the EcoHealth Alliance, a conservation organization headquartered in New York, reported in mBio the results of an exhaustive survey of all the viruses hosted by a single fruit bat species, the Indian flying fox, which is known to harbor emerging zoonotic pathogens.

We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse by Cutting Down Forests - article featuring Drs. Karesh & Epstein

July 7, 2014

Epidemiologists explain how human activity helps spread the deadly virus in West Africa.

Flawed Saudi Response is Cited in Outbreak of the Middle East Virus MERS - The New York Times

June 29, 2014

It was the darkest hour since the new illness, known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, first appeared in Saudi Arabia late in 2012. In all, more than 700 cases have been documented in 20 countries, nearly all of them linked to Saudi Arabia. More than 250 people have died.

Rift Valley Fever: An EcoHealthy Approach - Join us on June 11th for a cocktail reception and presentation in NYC

June 11, 2014

Dr. Peter Daszak and the scientists of EcoHealth Alliance cordially invite you and a guest to a cocktail reception and presentation on Wednesday, June 11th in NYC.

Treating the wildlife in our midst - The Boston Globe interviews Dr. Jon Epstein

May 26, 2014

Admissions to the clinic, part of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, have risen 41 percent in little more than a decade, driven by the dramatic increase in proximity between humans and wildlife across New England.

Camels and Contagion: Inside Global Hunt for Source of MERS - EcoHealth Alliance highlighted in a National Geographic article

May 13, 2014

With another case of the virus confirmed in the U.S., virus detectives are tracing its spread.

First case of MERS, a SARS-like respiratory illness, reported in North America - Dr. Peter Daszak in the Toronto Star

May 2, 2014

American health officials are reporting the first case of the Middle East respiratory syndrome in the United States, where a health-care worker who recently returned from Saudi Arabia is now being treated at an Indiana hospital.

Deadly Middle East Virus in U.S. For First Time - Dr. Peter Daszak interviewed in TIME

May 2, 2014

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has found its way to the United States for the first time, with one confirmed case so far. A deadly virus largely found in the Middle East has appeared in the United States for the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

MERS mystery: Virus found in camels - CNN

April 29, 2014

Researchers from Columbia University, King Saud University and the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance managed to isolate live MERS virus from two single-humped camels, known as dromedaries.

Camels Confirmed As Source of MERS Virus - NBC News

April 29, 2014

A countrywide survey of camels shows many, if not most, are infected with a strain genetically almost identical to the strain that’s infecting people, a team at Columbia University, King Saud University, and the EcoHealth Alliance reported.

Defending Madagascar’s Frogs from Invading Fungus

March 31, 2014

EcoHealth Alliance researcher, Jonathan Kolby, blogs about his experience in Madagascar.

Celebrating Steps Forward for Wildlife Conservation on "World Wildlife Day"

March 3, 2014

In December 2013 the United Nations General Assembly declared March 3rd World Wildlife Day, commemorating the signing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973.

Camels Key in Transmission of Deadly Virus in Middle East - EcoHealth Alliance in TIME

February 26, 2014

A new study released on Feb. 25 provides the strongest evidence yet that camels are a major player in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a viral disease that has killed dozens of people in the Middle East since it was first detected in 2012 and whose origin remains elusive.

Camels Linked to Spread of MERS Virus in People - EcoHealth Alliance in The New York Times

February 25, 2014

A new study suggests that camels are the major source of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, a viral disease that has sickened 182 people and killed 79 of them since it was first detected in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard and Dr. Peter Daszak were invited to the United Nations today to present on the links between biodiversity and human well-being.

February 4, 2014

This opportunity will help link the contribution of biodiversity towards sustainable development goals.

Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds: Update

January 28, 2014

H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in poultry and wild birds in Republic of Korea.

Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Public Hearing - Watch the Public Hearing Here!

January 16, 2014

EcoHealth Alliance will testify at this public hearing provide input on New York State’s laws and regulations protecting endangered species and restricting the sale of ivory.