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International team helps countries lower pandemic risk


Narrator:       This is Science Today. A consortium of wildlife and human health scientists have been working with governments in 20 countries to monitor diseases at the human-animal interface to prevent and respond to emerging diseases that move between wildlife and people. Jonna Mazet of the University of California, Davis, is one of the directors of the PREDICT project.

Mazet:           We have virologists, ecologists, epidemiologists like myself and public health workers, veterinarians — and we help to design the work and then in the countries we have local teams. For example, in our Tanzania team, we have two veterinarians and field ecologists that work and we go out into the field and we sample at interfaces where we think animals and people are coming into close contact.

Narrator:       The PREDICT team not only helps identify pathogens and create strategies to lower transmission risk, but they work with local governments to develop their laboratory capacities, too. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.