Do Kenya’s camel handlers face a threat from MERS? What we found
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Do Kenya’s camel handlers face a threat from MERS? What we found

In Kenya, camels are a very popular animal to keep as livestock. There’s value in their meat and milk products and as a result, there are now over three million camels in the country. But there is a danger that the people who come into contact with camels, and their products, face getting the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). MERS is a disease in people caused by a coronavirus (MERS-CoV) which was first identified in Saudia Arabia in 2012. Continue reading

Scientists stress need, amid COVID-19, to maintain focus on everyday zoonotic diseases of the world’s poor
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Scientists stress need, amid COVID-19, to maintain focus on everyday zoonotic diseases of the world’s poor

Most diseases that transmit from animals to humans (zoonoses) are not of the headline-grabbing, world-stopping variety write Eric Fèvre and Naomi Marks. They are an everyday reality for millions of people whose lives are quietly blighted or prematurely ended by diseases transmitted through farming and food systems. Continue reading

Domestic livestock not a source of the COVID-19 disease—ILRI veterinary epidemiologist Eric Fevre
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Domestic livestock not a source of the COVID-19 disease—ILRI veterinary epidemiologist Eric Fevre

Eric Fèvre, professor of veterinary infectious diseases at the University of Liverpool and jointly appointed at the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya, . . . says people should not be concerned about their domestic livestock becoming a COVID-19 source. Continue reading

Why shutting down Chinese ‘wet markets’ could be a terrible mistake
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Why shutting down Chinese ‘wet markets’ could be a terrible mistake

The current focus on exotic food consumption in China often relies on Orientalisation, and is in some cases tinged with anti-Chinese sentiment. Continue reading

‘Tip of the iceberg’: is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19?
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‘Tip of the iceberg’: is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19?

An article in The Guardian newspaper raises the question of whether human destruction of nature is responsible for mass pandemics like COVID-19. It quotes Eric Fevre, a principal scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute, on the ubiquity of possible germ sources: ‘”There are countless pathogens out there continuing to evolve which at some point … Continue reading

Vaccines against this year’s novel (and world-changing) coronavirus are already in development and being tested—Good news from Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty
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Vaccines against this year’s novel (and world-changing) coronavirus are already in development and being tested—Good news from Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty

While some COVID-19 surges are now ‘baked-in’, the viral curves should flatten with appropriate measures now being introduced in many countries, and several different vaccines are being developed and already being tested, says Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty. Australian veterinary and medical immunology researcher Peter Doherty won the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. Now based in Melbourne, Doherty is patron of the the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Doherty is also a former board member and current patron of ILRI. Continue reading

What keeps Bill Gates up at night? A (highly prescient) 2015 article spells out our COVID-19 challenges today
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What keeps Bill Gates up at night? A (highly prescient) 2015 article spells out our COVID-19 challenges today

Gates’s model showed that a Spanish flu–like disease unleashed on the modern world would kill more than 33 million people in 250 days. “We’ve created, in terms of spread, the most dangerous environment that we’ve ever had in the history of mankind,” Gates says. Continue reading