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The goal of the Emerging Infectious Disease Repository (EIDR) project is to unravel the origins of Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) events. The project builds upon previous work at EcoHealth Alliance, such as the Hotspots maps published by Jones et al. (2008) in the journal Nature. With EIDR, we aim to reduce uncertainty surrounding the origins of EIDs and disease outbreaks by curating, reviewing, and expanding the scope of the data used by the global health community to model disease emergence. This initiative will ultimately generate improved inputs for spatial analyses and predictive models of EID risk, such as those used to generate Hotspots maps. EIDR is funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and is partially funded by USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT initiative. 

Our team has designed an innovative web application to facilitate collaborative literature and peer review efforts. The EIDR website will host an editable scientific wiki that enables experts and researchers to peer review events and a content repository to host resources (reports, data, maps, and media) related to the events. The website employs collective intelligence mechanisms to improve the accuracy of the data, and features a scalable cloud architecture, dynamic maps, Application Programming Interface (API) for analysts, and an integrated reference management system.


  • Search and explore a repository of 369 emergence events
  • Filter and visualize selected groups of events by type of emergence or transmission
  • Use event pages to get detailed information on disease event location, emergence type, drivers, modes of transmission, and pathogen hosts.
  • Explore additional peer reviewed literature associated with an emergence event
  • View or add comments to emergence events pages


EIDR is a centralized web platform dedicated to cataloguing the origins of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs). EIDR allows users to compare multiple EID events, visualize historical disease emergence spatially, and explore individual emergence events in depth.

EIDR combines a curated, expansive and transparent repository of information on past EID events occurring between 1940 and 2013 with a user-friendly, interactive web application built to disseminate and discuss this information. For each of the 369 EID events in the database, data was collected on a set of variables chosen by EcoHealth Alliance experts and designed to capture critical spatial, temporal, clinical, epidemiologic, economic, pathogen, host, and zoonotic information. This project builds upon previous work at EcoHealth Alliance on Hotspots of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

EIDR enables users to compare multiple EID events simultaneously, visualize historical disease emergence spatially, explore individual emergence events in depth, and comment on emergence events. Each EID event has a unique event page that contains a narrative abstract, tables of data pertaining to the event, a map of the event’s location, and an interactive discussion board.

EIDR is powerful information sharing platform dedicated to EIDs. The combination of EIDR’s repository with a complex web application makes EIDR a unique and valuable tool for the study of EIDs.


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