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Suspected Exposure to Filoviruses Among People Contacting Wildlife in Southwestern Uganda

June 18, 2018

People in the Bwindi region of southwestern Uganda have suspected exposure to filoviruses, particularly those in contact with wildlife, according to a new study led by researchers at the UC Davis One Health Institute and the Bwindi Community Hospital in Uganda. The study, published June 18 inThe Journal of Infectious Diseases, is the first report of human exposure to ebolaviruses in the region.

Training the Next Generation of One Health Professionals

June 04, 2018

The next generation of One Health professionals faces a world of interconnected challenges. Global disease outbreaks like Ebola and Zika viruses, antimicrobial resistance, food insecurity, pollution and biosecurity are related to changes in land use, the climate, economy, industry and society.

Ambitious Global Virome Project Could Mark End of Pandemic Era

February 22, 2018

Rather than wait for viruses like Ebola, SARS and Zika to become outbreaks that force the world to react, a new global initiative seeks to proactively identify, prepare for and stop viral threats before they become pandemics.

Bats are the Major Reservoir of Coronaviruses Worldwide

June 12, 2017

Results of a five-year study in 20 countries on three continents have found that bats harbor a large diversity of coronaviruses (CoV), the family of viruses that cause Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS).

Paving the Way for Pathogens

August 29, 2016

Coastal waters near heavy human development are more likely to receive land-based “pathogen pollution,” which can include viruses, bacteria and parasites, according to a recent study from the University of California, Davis. The study said higher levels of rainfall and development increase the risk of disease-causing organisms flowing to the ocean.

Chewed Plants Help Detect Viruses in Wild Mountain Gorillas and Monkeys

July 06, 2016

Chewed bark, leaves and fruit discarded by mountain gorillas provide a simple way to test the endangered apes for viruses without disturbing them, according to scientists from the University of California, Davis, studying mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in East-Central Africa.

The method is described in a study published recently in the American Journal of Primatology. The study is led by UC Davis’ One Health Institute and Gorilla Doctors, a program led by the nonprofit Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project and UC Davis.  

Rope-chewing technique an easy way to screen monkeys for disease

July 02, 2015

A noninvasive technique involving strawberry jam and a piece of rope is helping surveillance for diseases that might jump from monkeys to humans according to a study from the University of California, Davis.

Early detection of an Ebolavirus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

October 01, 2014

In August of 2014, PREDICT assisted in the early detection of an Ebolavirus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With many of the country’s resources out of the country to assist in the massive West African outbreak, the PREDICT team was called on to assist.