Wednesday, October 12, 2011

ABC Nightline reports on research into future pandemic viruses in Africa: they key concept is cross into humans from animals

Last night, Bill Weir and Richard Besser introduced Dr. Nathan Wolfe on Nightline, in Cameroon, where he looks at the behavior and animal exposure of indigenous peoples whose close contact with jungle animals could lead to the next animal-human virus jump, leading to the next flu or possibly hemorrhagic fever pandemic.

The people in this areas hunt and eat monkeys and porcupines. A woman was shown skinning (shaving or dequilling) a porcupine before cooking it.

Wolfe has a new book, “The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age”, from Times Books.

There is a question as to whether money should be spent on diseases that “haven’t spread”.  Yet, out of nowhere, a new virus could threaten civilization as we know it.

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