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Science magazine recently summarized our paper "Early Detection of Emerging Zoonotic Diseases with Animal Morbidity and Mortality Monitoring." They wrote:

"More than half of the new infectious diseases that plague humanity—including avian influenza, West Nile virus, SARS, and even Ebola—originated from animals.

Now, new findings suggest that many of these outbreaks could have been detected earlier, and potentially prevented, had wildlife monitoring programs been in place."

Science magazine article.

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