Dr. Jonathan Epstein
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Summary: Zoonotic viruses have been responsible for a growing number of epidemics. SARS coronavirus, Ebola, Nipah virus, avian influenza and HIV are recently emergent zoonotic viruses that originated in wild animal populations and have caused significant morbidity and mortality in human and, in some cases, animal populations. The majority of viral pandemics have been triggered by human activities.
This presentation discusses how diseases emerge and describes the types of human behaviors that increase exposure to zoonotic viruses. It also explains viral diversity and how spillover occurs. The presentation includes efforts currently underway to enhance the global community’s capacity to detect and respond to the emergence of novel zoonoses.