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UC team helps China deal with emerging bird flu

Narrator:       This is Science Today. As China deals with the possibility of another bird flu pandemic, a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of California, Davis' One Health Institute are working with the Chinese government and in-country partners to help assess the emerging ecology of the virus and help stop any transmissibility risks. Jonna Mazet explains that their PREDICT team is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Emerging Pandemic Threats Program.

Mazet:            PREDICT's job is to identify the risks of the next pandemic and stop them before they start.

Narrator:       And Mazet says they also want to stop any worry or panic.

Mazet:            We're very committed to making sure that the general public also knows what's going on and can participate in the conversation. It used to be governments sometimes would secretly work on things and that caused a lot of suspicion, I think. I commend our government for really working together with all of these governments around the world and I'm really seeing a paradigm shift in the way global health is approached and that's exciting.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.