Targeting surveillance for zoonotic virus discovery

Jordan Levinson, Tiffany L. Bogich, Kevin J. Olival, Jonathan H. Epstein, Christine K Johnson, William Karesh, Peter Daszak

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We analyzed a database of mammal-virus associations to ask whether surveillance targeting diseased animals is the best strategy to identify potentially zoonotic pathogens. Although a mixed healthy and diseased animal surveillance strategy is generally best, surveillance of apparently healthy animals would likely maximize zoonotic virus discovery potential for bats and rodents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)743-747
Number of pages5
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology


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