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By the end of this century, Earth may be home to 11 billion people, the United Nations has estimated, earlier than previously expected. As part of a week-long series, LiveScience is exploring what reaching this population milestone might mean for our planet, from our ability to feed that many people to our impact on the other species that call Earth home to our efforts to land on other planets.
The Landscape Can Protect Our Health, If We Can Protect The Landscape - EcoHealth Alliance in the The Huffington Post
Much has been said of the possible connections between climate change and Super Typhoon Haiyan -- at least to the extent that similarly fierce storms are expected to strike more often and more intensely in the decades ahead. But one issue intersecting both global warming and extreme weather has received little attention: how changes to the natural landscape may be putting public health at greater risk.
Two viruses found in horseshoe bats have been shown to be closely related to human SARS and infect cells in the same way. This means that the virus is likely to have transferred directly from bats to humans.
Now, ten years after the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), researchers provide evidence that SARS probably sprang from bats—and that the next pandemic might, too. A paper in Nature describes a SARS-like virus circulating in Chinese bats that could hop directly to man.
It’s been more than ten years since the first cases of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) were identified in southern China. It spread to four continents and infected at least 8,200 people before heroic efforts finally brought its progress to a halt. Since then, scientists have sequenced the genome of the virus behind the disease—a coronoavirus called SARS-CoV—and teased apart its infectious tricks. But one lingering question remained: Where did it come from?
Research Suggests Bat-to-Human Infection of Similar Virus Could Occur
Scientists have long suspected bats to be the natural reservoir for coronaviruses such as the one responsible for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).
Discovery of two “SARS-like” bat viruses also shows there are pandemic-prone viruses in the animal kingdom, ready to cause another serious outbreak.
Contrary to creepy Halloween images of witches, ghosts and ghouls, one of the traditional icons of the season -- the bat -- deserves to be a star.
The world’s top virologists have struggled to uncover the origin of MERS and predict its path. Many believe it’s carried by bats—the reservoir for a number of new pathogens, including its distant cousin SARS. But since people rarely interact with bats, it may be introduced to humans through an intermediary animal.
A fast-growing cohort of international scientists is studying not only bats but also the viruses they carry, many of which are deadly.
Pennies to Prevent Pandemics: Virodiversity as a Grand Challenge for Global Health Security - The Huffington Post
What would you say if you were asked to pay three cents a year to possibly prevent hundreds or thousands of deaths, reduce terrifying disease outbreaks and save billions of dollars in economic losses due to infectious diseases?
Viruses have a knack for ambush. Time and again, they have struck our species without warning, producing new diseases. H.I.V. burst on the scene in the early 1980s, and it took years for scientists to figure out that it had evolved from a chimpanzee virus in the early 1900s.
The mammalian world may harbor at least 320,000 viruses, scientists estimated in new research that aims to speed the control of new infectious killers.
In a new study, U.S. researchers estimate that there are more than 320,000 unknown viruses lurking in mammals alone.
Unfamiliar viruses, such as the SARS and MERS coronaviruses, are hopping into humans from other mammals at an increasing rate. Each new emergence forces researchers into a reactive race, as they try to identify, study, and corral the new viral threats before they can trigger a pandemic.
Is there something special about these mammals that turns them into flying repositories of pathogens? “That’s the million dollar question,” says Jonathan Epstein, a veterinary epidemiologist at the EcoHealth Alliance in New York City.
For over a year now, medical researchers have been searching for the source of the new coronavirus that has killed dozens of people that lived in, or traveled to, the Middle East. Viruses typically are named for where they are found, so this one has been dubbed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV for short.
Bats in Saudi Arabia appear to be the source of a mysterious virus that has claimed the lives of 47 and sickened 96 in the Middle East and Europe since last September, health officials reported Wednesday.
Mystery Virus That’s Killed 47 is Tied to Bats in Saudi Arabia: EcoHealth Alliance in The New York Times
Health officials confirmed Wednesday that bats in Saudi Arabia were the source of the mysterious virus that has sickened 96 people in the Middle East, killing 47 of them.
The Link Between this Egyptian Tomb Bat and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome - Dr. Peter Daszak in the Toronto Star
But when it comes to the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, fact might not be that far off from fiction – just subtract the supernatural stuff and throw in the findings from a new paper published today in Emerging Infectious Diseases.
EcoHealth Alliance's Drs. Peter Daszak and Jon Epstein in the news, "How a Virus Spreads from Animals to Humans" San Francisco Chronicle
"The race is on," said Dr. Peter Daszak, a disease ecologist and the president of EcoHealth Alliance, a scientific group working with scientists at Columbia University and the Saudi Ministry of Health in the hunt for the origins of MERS. "It's a race against evolution."
Camels may be a carrier of the mysterious virus that has infected at least 94 people in the Middle East and killed half of them, scientists are reporting.
Experts Scramble to Trace the Emergence of MERS
Novel diseases and pandemics have captured our global attention. Yet, for all we hear about them, what do we actually know -- or perhaps more accurately, not know about them? Here we dispel common myths about novel diseases and pandemics.
With more than 1,200 different species, bats make up about a quarter of all the Earth's mammals. Their numbers, however, are declining due to threats that include deforestation, disease and hunting.
Possibly the most interesting aspect of the emergence of the new infectious disease killing dozens of people in the Middle East, as well as others who have traveled there, is that so many people are surprised.
A new flu, H7N9, has killed 36 people since it was first found in China two months ago. A new virus from the SARS family has killed 22 people since it was found on the Arabian Peninsula last summer.
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The pathogen is the chytrid fungus, which has raced around the world over the past two decades, and now afflicts more than 500 amphibian species in 52 countries. “I can’t think of another disease on the planet more significant than this amphibian disease,” says Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance.
Saudi Arabia Reports 7 Deaths in Outbreak of SARS-Like Disease, EcoHealth Alliance and other scientists are still trying to figure out the source of the new virus. It closely resembles a coronavirus found in bats, but exactly how it jumped to humans isn't known.
EcoHealth Alliance's Annual Gala on April 23, 2013, Honoring Sandi E. Peterson - Check out the photos!
EcoHealth Alliance's Annual Gala is April 23, 2013 at the W New York Hotel in New York City. Check out the photos from our Gala!
The viral diseases that make headlines — AIDS, SARS, Ebola, and so on — almost always spill over from other species when people hunt animals for meat, turn them into pets, or otherwise make contact in ways that disturb habitats and disrupt the natural order.
The University of Iowa College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Daszak, PhD, President of EcoHealth Alliance and noted disease ecologist, will be awarded the 2013 Hsu-Li Distinguished Lectureship in Epidemiology on April 19, 2013 on the University of Iowa campus.
A deadly SARS-like virus capable of spreading person-to-person poses a low overall risk of pandemic, a top Saudi Arabia health official said Tuesday, and rejected complaints from some Western scientists that the kingdom is sharing too little critical information on the outbreak.
Researchers from the group screened more than 600 bats from 42 species in Mexico, looking for new viruses.
L'Oréal For Girls in Science profiles EcoHealth Alliance research scientist, Elizabeth Loh. Click to watch the video.
The short-lived, worldwide epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome that began its streak across the globe 10 years ago, starting in February 2003, has been echoed over the past 8 months by what is so far a much more limited number of cases of a new, mysterious respiratory virus closely related to the SARS pathogen.
EcoHealth Alliance’s very own bat experts, Drs. Jon Epstein and Kevin Olival, were called upon to comment on a recent paper about bats and disease.
For the first time, scientists have found evidence of the African Ebola virus in Asian fruit bats, suggesting that the virus is far more widespread around the world than had been previously known.
L'Oréal For Girls in Science profiles EcoHealth Alliance field veterinarian and senior research scientist, Dr. Mindy Rostal. Click to watch the video.