To Prevent Pandemics, Bridging the Human and Animal Health Divide

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Veterinarians, farmers, and zookeepers could help prevent the next pandemic, but their expertise has been overlooked.
In agricultural animal health, “outbreaks of exotic disease in well-regulated countries rarely get big because we identify and control them right away,” said Ellis-Iversen, now a senior adviser and veterinary epidemiologist at the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark. She is also the co-author of a paper published in late March that describes how veterinary surveillance methods could be adapted to randomly survey human populations for Covid-19.


Period18 May 2020

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  • zoonoses
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