The WHO has deployed response teams in Cameroon after 16 confirmed and suspected cases of monkeypox were reported from 30 April-30 May 2018. The rare zoonosis sporadically appears in Central and West Africa’s forested areas. 

Over 60 bat-borne viruses, including Ebola, are known to infect humans, and researchers at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) are looking to uncover why bats can transmit these viruses without getting sick themselves.

Confirmed and suspected cases of the Nipah virus have reportedly killed 9 people in India’s Kerala state in the past 2 weeks. 25 others have been hospitalized with symptoms of the rare disease, which include fever, headache, and disorientation.

When Milwaukee County Zoo orangutan Mahal died mysteriously in December 2012, scientists feared that whatever killed him might pose a danger to other animals and to humans. Since 1940, more than 60% of infectious diseases have been zoonotic — passing from animals to humans…

To investigate transmission of zoonotic diseases, 2 master’s degree candidates at Duke Global Health Institute spent 3 months in Mongolia, sleeping in tents and collecting blood and serum samples from wild and domesticated animals.   After collecting the samples, the…

Scientists fear illegal meat trading will cause the next global pandemic. When the WHO released its 2015 list of diseases that could trigger the next big outbreak, it contained only zoonotic diseases—those that jump from animal to human hosts—in so-called spillover events.…

Scientists disagree about where Ebola hides between outbreaks. Because it is a zoonotic disease, many believe Ebola hibernates in a “reservoir species”—in other words, an asymptomatic, long-term animal host, most likely a species of bat. Still others suspect an insect or…

In Latin America, vampire bats are the biggest cause of rabies—killing up to 1% of people in some Amazon villages annually—and spreading to new areas. Using genetic studies, Daniel Streicker, an infectious disease ecologist at the University of Glasgow, tracked the…

Think local. That’s the take away from Ebola for health officials looking to combat Zika and other international-border-crossing infectious diseases. Having worked in the field in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak, Amy S. Patterson, an author and professor of politics at…

Tomorrow, the film Spillover—Zika, Ebola & Beyond, following the work of global virus hunters, premieres on PBS. The film explores the role of human behaviors increase the likelihood of—and science’s efforts to tame—spillover events. You can also watch online. PBS