Why Do Bugs Jump From Animals to People - The Billion Dollar Question

Whilst we are emerging from the COVID-19 zoonotic pandemic we are already in the shadow of another potential zoonotic pathogen – bird flu. We have also recently seen an outbreak of another zoonotic infection: monkey pox. A zoonotic bug is an infectious agent (often a virus) that lives in animals (where it may or may not cause disease) that, at some point in its evolution, makes the transition to humans. If humans transmit this infection between other humans you have a potential epidemic or pandemic on your hands.

In this session we will discuss some of the reasons why a zoonotic infection may occur and what kind of protective strategies we might adopt in the future. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Speakers include CSER's Freya Jephcott.

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