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NPR Launches Series On ‘Killer Viruses,’ Including Story On U.S.-Sponsored Virus Hunter Program

NPR: Why Killer Viruses Are On The Rise
“…We’re in the middle of Malaysia’s Borneo rain forest. [EcoHealth Alliance virus hunter Kevin Olival] has brought us here because this is the type of place where pandemics are born. HIV came from a rain forest. So did Ebola. Yellow fever. And Zika. … [Olival’s work is] part of a $200 million project called PREDICT, sponsored by the U.S. government and led by University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. The goal is to figure out the viruses that are lurking inside animals around the world. So we are ready when a new and potentially harmful virus jumps from animals into people and causes an outbreak…” (Doucleff/Greenhalgh, 2/14).

NPR: What Do You Want To Know About Pandemics? Submit A Question
“Goats and Soda is now running a series on pandemics. Dangerous viruses like Ebola and MERS are emerging in greater numbers than ever before. We’re looking at how pandemics start, how diseases jump from animals to humans, and why the number of newly discovered viruses is on the rise…” (2/14).

NPR: From Vector To Zoonotic: A Glossary For Infectious Diseases
“The world is in a hyperinfectious era. And that means there are a lot of words being tossed around that you might not be familiar with. Or maybe you have a general idea of what they mean but wish you knew more. Here are some key terms and definitions. And yes, there will be a quiz (coming in March so you have time to study)…” (Jacewicz, 2/14).

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