Ebola and HIV are two examples of pandemics. Both of these viruses had developed in animals first. Then have transferred to humans. Both are deadly when untreated.
Dr Jonna Mazet is a veterinarian and professor at UC Davis. She is the head of ONE HEALTH, targeting emerging infectious diseases. She and her team have identified about 800 new viruses from having tested over 56,000 animals. About 100 of these viruses are harmful to humans.
JONNA MAZET, DVM, MPVM, PHD
Professor of Epidemiology and Disease Ecology
Director, Wildlife Health Center, UC Davis
Executive Director, One Health Institute, UC Davis
Dr. Mazet is the Principal Investigator and Director on a new global early warning system, named PREDICT, that is being developed with funding of $75 million over five years by the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program.
PREDICT is a multi-institutional, transdisciplinary project in 24 developing countries that is establishing a global surveillance system for diseases emerging from wildlife using geospatial modeling, genomics, molecular virology and targeted field studies at hot zoonotic disease transmission interfaces. She leads a network of global NGOs and governmental agencies to build capacity within the PREDICT countries to develop surveillance systems and complete the necessary research to halt the next pandemic, like influenza, SARS, Ebola and HIV that have preceded the program.
“Predicting where new diseases may emerge from wild animals, and detecting viruses and other pathogens before they spread among people, give us the best chance to prevent new pandemics,” said Mazet, who is a contributing faculty of the UCGHI Center of Expertise onOne Health.
The concept of “One Health” — that human, animal and environmental health are inextricably linked and should be considered holistically — is a core principle of the PREDICT team.