Animal-borne diseases cause a staggering 2.4 billion cases of human illness each year and 2.2 million deaths. Zoonotic diseases, like COVID-19, are becoming riskier to humans because of our own actions. Our effect on the climate, encroachment on wildlife habitats, and global travel help circulate animal-borne diseases farther than ever before.
On May 20, Ann Peters, the Pulitzer Center’s university and community outreach director, discussed Stopping the Next One: Scientists Race to Prevent Human Encroachment on Wildlife From Causing the Next Pandemic, a multimedia series by grantees Harriet Constable and Jacob Kushner.
Constable and Kushner traveled to six continents to learn about six different animals that carry diseases that could cause the next pandemic, from MERS-carrying camels in Africa to pigs with influenza in Europe, and what we can do to stop them.
View the webinar recording here.