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Three ways to head off the next pandemic in the wild meat trade

Happy Auer/Shutterstock Julia E. Fa, Manchester Metropolitan University As much as 70% of the infectious diseases that emerged in humans over the last 30 years were zoonotic, which means they were caused by pathogens which originated in domestic or wild animals. Nearly 1.7 million undiscovered viruses may exist in wildlife. Despite these alarming numbers, epidemics are still relatively rare events. …

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Sewage surveillance: How scientists track and identify diseases like COVID-19 before they spread

Sewage testing can be used for early detection of disease. (Shutterstock) Lawrence Goodridge, University of Guelph The COVID-19 pandemic has reignited interest in wastewater surveillance, where sewage systems are monitored for the presence of viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. Non-infective fragments of the virus’s genetic material have been found in untreated wastewater in Italy, Spain, France, the United States and …

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