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Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 May;19(5):743-7. doi: 10.3201/eid1905.121042.

Targeting surveillance for zoonotic virus discovery.

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EcoHealth Alliance, New York, New York 10001, USA.

Abstract

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.

KEYWORDS:

ecohealth; mammals; pathogen; reservoir host; surveillance; virus discovery; viruses; wildlife; zoonoses

PMID:
23647732
PMCID:
PMC3649003
DOI:
10.3201/eid1905.121042
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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