Why it's wrong to blame livestock farms for coronavirus

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some critics say livestock farms promote diseases that spread from animals to humans. An animal scientist explains how well-run farms work to keep that from happening.

Alison Van Eenennaam, Researcher, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: agriculture livestock swine-flu animal-welfare zoonotic-viruses veterinary-medicine pigs poultry biosecurity veterinary-science cows chickens

Coronavirus: three misconceptions about how animals transmit diseases debunked

Zoonotic diseases can emerge closer to home than you realise.

Olivier Restif, Alborada Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of Cambridge • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus ebola wildlife pathogens zoonotic-diseases bush-meat zoonotic-viruses bird-flu wet-markets

Coronavirus: three misconceptions about how wildlife transmit diseases debunked

Zoonotic diseases can emerge closer to home than you realise.

Olivier Restif, Alborada Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of Cambridge • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus ebola wildlife pathogens zoonotic-diseases bush-meat zoonotic-viruses bird-flu wet-markets

Study shows pangolins may have passed new coronavirus from bats to humans

When a new virus emerges and triggers a pandemic, it is important to trace its origins. Knowing more about how the virus jumped species in the first place can help curb future zoonotic diseases.

Wei Zheng, Postdoctoral Fellow of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan • conversation
April 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 pandemic sars-cov-2 severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars sars-cov mers-cov zoonotic-viruses bat pangolin

How zoos must change to keep great apes safe from coronavirus

People can still learn a great deal about these mammals while keeping a safe distance.

Lesley Elizabeth Craig, PhD Researcher, University of Stirling • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  conservation  primates  chimpanzees  zoonotic-diseases  zoos  gorilla  great-apes  zoonotic-viruses

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