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Bombali virus discovery

Deadly Marburg Virus Found in Sierra Leone Bats

PREDICT scientists, Centers for Disease Control and partners have discovered Marburg virus in fruit bats in Sierra Leone. This is the first time the deadly virus has been found in West Africa. Five Egyptian rousette fruit bats tested positive for active Marburg virus infection. The virus was found in advance of any reported cases of illness in people in Sierra Leone.

Bombali virus discovery

Scientists Discover New Ebolavirus in Bats in Sierra Leone

PREDICT scientists have identified a novel ebolavirus in free-tailed bats in Sierra Leone, providing the strongest evidence to date that bats are the natural hosts of these viruses. The new virus, called Bombali virus, was found in insectivorous bats roosting inside people’s houses.

Tierra serology study in Uganda

Global Disease Hotspots 2.0

What drives pandemics? Where will the next one start? And if we know, what can be done to stop it in its tracks? It was the desire to answer these questions which motivated EcoHealth Alliance’s scientists to create the first ever global emerging disease hotspots map in 2008. Looking at incidents of disease spillover from wildlife to humans, the team then mapped out where these diseases were first identified in an attempt to glean where major future disease events might emerge.

Tierra serology study in Uganda

Suspected Exposure to Filoviruses Among People Contacting Wildlife in Southwestern Uganda

People in the Bwindi region of southwestern Uganda have suspected exposure to filoviruses, particularly those in contact with wildlife, according to a new study led by researchers at the UC Davis One Health Institute and the Bwindi Community Hospital in Uganda. The study, published June 18 in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, is the first report of human exposure to ebolaviruses in the region.

Smithsonian Myanmar PREDICT

A Never-Before-Seen Virus Detected in Myanmar's Bats

PREDICT researchers in Myanmar have hit pay dirt with a never-before-seen virus that infects wrinkle-lipped bats—a virus in the same family as the ones that cause SARS and MERS. The Myanmar virus is the first of its kind to be detected on a global scale. The team additionally identified a second new virus that had previously been found in Thailand, also in bats. Such discoveries are critical, because what happens in Myanmar doesn’t always stay in Myanmar.

New York Times

Download "Living Safely with Bats" Educational Resource

A primary goal of PREDICT’s behavioral risk surveillance work is to use scientific results to inform the development of intervention strategies that could reduce the spillover, amplification, and spread of novel viruses. Preliminary analyses identified an expressed need to provide behavior change strategies as they relate to living safely with bats. PREDICT developed the “Living Safely with Bats” risk mitigation picture book to address this need.

New York Times

Non-Invasive Primate Sampling

How a technique that involves strawberry jam and dental rope is improving zoonotic disease surveillance.

Guano miner

Coronavirus Found in Bat Guano at Mining Site in Thailand

A new SARS-like coronavirus was found in bat guano from a mining site in Thailand. The novel betacoronavirus was discovered through the surveillance efforts of PREDICT, worked with the Thailand Research Fund to collect and screen bat guano for viral families that could pose a threat to humans.

Shipping containers

When 'Spillover' Can be a Good Thing

There’s a tendency to view foreign aid as a transfer of resources from the haves to the have nots. But that one-way trajectory misses a critical feedback loop in the development of global human capacity. Like pathogens, knowledge can spill over when there is an interface, and it moves in multiple directions. An outbreak of collective intelligence could be the real and lasting success of this project.

Ebola in DRC

Detecting Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo

In August of 2014, PREDICT assisted in the early detection of an Ebolavirus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With many of the country’s resources out of the country to assist in the massive West African outbreak, the PREDICT team was called on to assist.

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