An initiative called the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium, which is hosted by the UK’s STEPS Centre, at the Institute of Development Studies, in Brighton, issued a news release today regarding the science and poverty implications of transmissions of animal-to-human diseases. This comes upon reports by UK officials this week of a the appearance of a new strain of a SARS-like virus.
The SARS virus, which causes serious respiratory illness, is derived from bats. It spread globally in 2002–3, killing hundreds of people.
‘More than 60 per cent of emerging infectious diseases in humans over the past few decades have jumped species from animals to humans. Some quietly devastate poor people’s lives and their livelihoods; others have the potential to create dangerous global threats.
‘World-class scientists from the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium are available to comment on both the science of animal-to-human disease transmission and the…
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