Zoonotic Diseases

- June 26, 2020
Can future pandemics be prevented?
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The pandemic circling the globe is only the latest instance of a disease that jumped from animals to humans, known as a zoonotic disease. COVID-19 likely came from a bat; AIDS, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Ebola, West Nile and Lyme disease also originated in animals. Zoonotic disease outbreaks have been occurring more often since the 1940s as an expanding human population pushes deeper into forests for hunting, agriculture, mining and housing.

International Developments

U.S. Efforts

1300s–1800sBubonic plague and influenza cause worldwide pandemics.
1900s–1960sThe world suffers three flu pandemics, and scientists isolate the flu virus.
1970s–1990sAnimal-origin viruses spur outbreaks of AIDS, Ebola and Nipah viruses.
2000s–PresentThree major coronavirus outbreaks erupt, and COVID-19 pandemic shuts down the globe.

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Susan Lieberman
Vice President, International Policy, Wildlife Conservation Society.


Amy Hinsley, Stephanie Brittain
Senior Research Fellow, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit; Postdoctoral Researcher, Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.


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