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“Researchers are tracking animals here in South Africa, and all around the world, as a form of early-warning system for diseases that could come to humans. It is widely believed, for instance, that the first cases of Ebola began with a bat.”
“‘If you don’t know what’s in the animals, you won’t be able to identify a human outbreak quickly,’ [Dr. Wanda Markotter] says. ‘Most of the time we only respond when there are lots of human deaths and we don’t know where the virus came from, or where the pathogen came from.'”
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“Being able to infer the likelihood of zoonotic spillover from basic information about the reservoir host and the exposed human population would help to address public health needs and also be of interest to the medical and scientific communities.”