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Entries for August 2020

Read Our Summer Newsletter: Big Cats and COVID

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Read Our Summer Newsletter: Big Cats and COVID
(August 28, 2020) From the recovery of the Bronx Zoo's Big Cats from COVID-19, to the links between ecological degradation and emerging infectious diseases, to the creation of a wildlife mortality monitoring network with hunters in the Congo to help prevent Ebola outbreaks, to our work with Indigenous communities in the Andes to improve the health and management of wild camelids.  Read our Summer newsletter:  WCS One World - One Health: Big Cats and COVID (and More)You can view our previous newslet...

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High Transmission Capacity of Pathogens in Wildlife Trade

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High Transmission Capacity of Pathogens in Wildlife Trade
(August 24, 2020) An article in El Pais this week highlights the recently published important findings of WCS scientists that prevalence of coronaviruses in rodents traded for food increased along the wildlife trade chain in Vietnam, from trappers to markets, to restaurants. These findings demonstrate the risk for amplification of zoonotic pathogens along the commercial trade chain for wild animals traded for human consumption.  A study warns of the high transmission capacity of pathogens in live animal...

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The Next Virus Pandemic Is Not Far Away

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The Next Virus Pandemic Is Not Far Away
(August 11, 2020) Joe Walston, senior vice-president at the WCS, spoke with the Financial Times, highlighting the risk that trade in wildlife for products such as exotic food, fur and alternative medicines poses for emerging diseases:“We have had zoonotic diseases in the past, but they’ve been rare with large periods of time between the outbreaks,” he said. “Now, the regularity . . . is increasing. And it will continue to increase until we decide to reassess our relationship with trading a...

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In Africa, Wildlife Raises the Risk of Deadly Diseases

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In Africa, Wildlife Raises the Risk of Deadly Diseases
(August 08, 2020) The Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Africa Program has identified key, multi-sectoral steps needed to decrease the risk of future wildlife disease spillovers to humans and to prevent their spread through secondary transmission from person to person. Such actions include substantially expanding already successful wildlife disease surveillance and public health awareness efforts in rural areas, and ending urban bushmeat consumption which threatens the food security and food sovereignty of ...

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