U.S. Government Shutting Down USAID’s Predict Program Investigating Disease Jumps From Animals To Humans
New York Times: Scientists Were Hunting for the Next Ebola. Now the U.S. Has Cut Off Their Funding.
“In a move that worries many public health experts, the federal government is quietly shutting down a surveillance program for dangerous animal viruses that someday may infect humans. … Ending the program, experts fear, will leave the world more vulnerable to lethal pathogens like Ebola and MERS that emerge from unexpected places, such as bat-filled trees, gorilla carcasses, and camel barns. The program, known as Predict and run by the United States Agency for International Development, was inspired by the 2005 H5N1 bird flu scare. Launched 10 years ago, the project has cost about $207 million…” (McNeil, 10/25).