The Carter Foundation has announced substantial progress toward the goal of eradicating Guinea worm by 2030.   In 2020—despite the pandemic—human Guinea worm cases fell to just 27 worldwide. That’s a 50% drop from the previous year.

A mysterious disease is killing chimpanzees in a Sierra Leone sanctuary even after medical treatment.  

No one knows where the next pandemic will emerge. But countries where human-animal interaction has been forced by deforestation, resource extraction, and agricultural expansion, are a good bet.  

Of the 59,000 global rabies deaths a year, one-third occur in India, spurred by a swelling population of unvaccinated stray dogs and a dearth of lifesaving rabies shots. As a result, people die needlessly from dog bites.  

At a Malawi wildlife reserve, hundreds of reintroduced elephants lured tourists—but also the deadly parasite that causes sleeping sickness.   Authorities confirm that the elephants, brought back to the Nkhotakota wildlife in 2015, led to an uptick in tsetse flies—host of…

The federal government has shut down USAID’s Predict surveillance program that sought out threatening animal viruses that could leap to human populations. In its 10 years of existence, Predict cost $207 million and collected 140,000 samples from animals and discovered more…

“Don’t wait for Pig Zero,” touted the drugmaker Elanco, encouraging farmers to liberally distribute antibiotics to herds as a preventive measure that also fattens up livestock.   It’s the opposite of the message health officials want to send. The FDA prohibits the fattening…

People living near concentrated animal feeding operations in southeastern North Carolina have poorer health outcomes for a range of health conditions than those who live further afield from the facilities.   After adjusting for socioeconomic factors, Duke University…

Over 2 million people a year die from animal-borne diseases. Increasingly, veterinarians are taking a lead role in protecting public health. Veterinary schools at the University of California, Davis, and Ross University are developing technologies and research studies to…