Study Examines Likely Hosts Of Next Zoonotic Disease Outbreak
International Business Times: Scientists locate where the most deadly ‘missing viruses’ are hiding
“…Many of the most deadly human diseases jump to people from other species. HIV and Ebola originated in other primates and SARS is thought to have come from bats. Now scientists think they know which viruses are most likely to leap from an animal host to humans, which animals pose the most danger of passing on such a virus, and where a transmission event is most likely to happen. The study is published in the journal Nature…” (Henriques, 6/21).
NPR: Spillover Beasts: Which Animals Pose The Biggest Viral Risk?
“…The study, published Wednesday, also estimates how many ‘missing’ viruses are out there in the world — viruses that we know are in animals and can possibly jump into people, only we haven’t detected them yet. To do that, [the research] team scoured studies and databases to create a list of all known viruses in mammals on Earth. They ended up with nearly 600 unique viruses found in about 750 species. About a third of the viruses had the ability to jump from mammals into people…” (Doucleff, 6/21).
Wall Street Journal: Predicting the Next Pandemic
“…Using a database of 2,805 mammal-virus connections, the researchers found that bats harbor nearly twice as many viruses that either threaten humans today or could threaten them in the future than the next mammal on the list — primates. Rodents came in third. Bats can infect people directly and by infecting other animals such as primates…” (McKay, 6/21).