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CapRadio Insight: UC Davis Virus Spillover Tool

A tool to determine priority viruses for spillover risk

For millennia, animals, both wild and domestic, have provided humans with a seemingly endless number of benefits, from food to livelihood, education, transportation, and even emotional support. But this relationship also opens us up to zoonotic diseases, which can spill over from animals to humans. According to the CDC, 75% of new or emerging infectious diseases come from animals. The most notable example is COVID-19.

NEW PUB: Predicting the potential for zoonotic transmission and host associations for novel viruses

Tool Helps Quantify Zoonotic Risk, Focus Priorities for Viral and Wildlife Surveillance

In the past decade, scientists have described hundreds of novel viruses with the potential to pass between wildlife and humans. But how can they know which are riskiest for spillover and therefore which to prioritize for further surveillance in people?

Scientists from the University of California, Davis created network-based models to prioritize novel and known viruses for their risk of zoonotic transmission, which is when infectious diseases pass between animals and humans.

NEW PUB: Virus Discovery in Pygmy Mice

The genome sequences of five strains of a mammarenavirus were assembled from metagenomic data from pygmy mice (Mus minutoides) captured in Sierra Leone. The nearest fully sequenced relatives of this virus, which was named Seli virus, are lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, Lunk virus, and Ryukyu virus.

Published in American Society of Microbiology Journals

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Join the California Veterinary Emergency Team (CVET)

Administered by the One Health Institute, CVET is a legislatively mandated program that supports and trains a network of government agencies, individuals, and organizations to aid domestic animals and livestock during natural disasters under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Response (CalOES) via strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the animal disaster response space (e.g., existing CARTS, CalAnimals, CAVMRC, CARES).

Christine Kreuder Johnson elected as AAAS Fellow

Nine Elected as AAAS Fellows

Nine faculty from UC Davis are among 564 newly elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science announced Jan. 26. AAAS fellows are scientists, engineers, and innovators who have been recognized for their achievements across disciplines ranging from research, teaching and technology, to administration in academia, industry and government, to excellence in communicating and interpreting science to the public.

Sri Lankan Veterinarian in California

Today, we continue our Student Experiences in One Health series sharing first-hand accounts and experiences learning, studying, and advancing the One Health approach. This guest post features a video from Sri Lankan veterinarian Dr. Ruwini Rupasinghe, a 2021 Rx One Health Field Institute participant, highlighting her experience in this immersive course!

Ruwini Rupasinghe

2021 Rx One Health - A Personal Experience

Today, we continue our Student Experiences in One Health series sharing first-hand accounts and experiences learning, studying, and advancing the One Health approach. This guest post features a video from Juan Pablo Fimbres Macias, a 2021 Rx One Health Field Institute participant, highlighting his experience traveling from Mexico to learn about One Health!

A journey to Learn One Health from Mountains to the Sea in California

Today, we continue our Student Experiences in One Health series sharing first-hand accounts and experiences learning, studying, and advancing the One Health approach. This guest post from Ana Hernandez, a 2021 Rx One Health Field Institute participant, highlights her experience traveling from Mexico to learn about One Health across the mountains and seas of California!