Human & Animal Health

Initiatives to Intercept Pandemics Through Genomics

June 11, 2020
Three major initiatives in biodiversity genomics — BIOSCAN, Earth BioGenome Project, and Global Virome Project — have joined forces to deliver a “pandemic interception system” based upon comprehensive knowledge of pathogens and their hosts.

The Link Between Virus Spillover, Wildlife Extinction and the Environment

April 07, 2020
The Same Processes That Threaten Wildlife Increase Our Risk of Spillover

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, a common question is, can infectious diseases be connected to environmental change? Yes, indicates a study published today from the University of California, Davis’ One Health Institute.

Sea Otters, Opossums and the Surprising Ways Pathogens Move from Land to Sea

March 18, 2020
A New Twist Added to Decades of Sea Otter Research

A parasite known only to be hosted in North America by the Virginia opossum is infecting sea otters along the West Coast. A study from the UC Davis One Health Institute elucidates the sometimes surprising and complex pathways infectious pathogens can move from land to sea to sea otter.

Marburg Virus Found in Sierra Leone Bats

January 24, 2020
First Report of Angolan-like Strain in Bats Since Initial Outbreak in People in 2005

Scientists have detected Marburg virus in fruit bats in Sierra Leone, marking the first time the deadly virus has been found in West Africa. Eleven Egyptian rousette fruit bats tested positive for active Marburg virus infection. Research teams caught the bats separately in three health districts.

CONTEST: What does One Health mean to you?

January 09, 2020
One Health Contest

In conjunction with One Health Awareness Month, the One Health Institute is kicking off a contest urging students to explore their understanding and connection to the concept of "One Health."

Experiential Summer Field Course in East Africa Trains Future One Health Leaders

December 19, 2019
2019 Rx One Health Field Institute participant shares her experience in this “crash-course” in One Health

Applications for the 2020 Rx One Health Field Institute are now open! This four-week, field-based experiential summer program in East Africa offers career training for recent graduates or students in medical and veterinary school, as well as early-career health, agriculture, environmental sciences, and conservation professionals. 

$85M to Develop a One Health Workforce for the Next Generation

October 09, 2019
USAID Award Supports New Project Led by UC Davis One Health Institute

The U.S. Agency for International Development will award up to $85 million over the next five years to the University of California, Davis’ One Health Institute and consortium partners to implement the One Health Workforce—Next Generation project.

Scientists Identify Bombali Ebolavirus in Bats in Guinea

September 09, 2019
Team Members Are Engaging With Local Communities

The sixth ebolavirus, Bombali virus, has been detected in insect-eating bats in Guinea. In addition to findings reported by researchers earlier this month, scientists from the University of California, Davis, detected the virus in Angolan free-tailed bats roosting inside people’s houses in Guéckedou and Kissidougou.

What’s Killing Sea Otters? Scientists Pinpoint Parasite Strain

August 22, 2019
Genetic Link Found Between Deadly Pathogen and Wild and Feral Cats on Land

Many wild southern sea otters in California are infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, yet the infection is fatal for only a fraction of sea otters, which has long puzzled the scientific community. A study from the University of California, Davis, identifies the parasite’s specific strains that are killing southern sea otters, tracing them back to a bobcat and feral domestic cats from nearby watersheds.