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Spillover – lessons learned from emerging bat viruses

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  • UserDr Raina Plowright, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Montana State University World_link
  • ClockWednesday 24 March 2021, 16:00-17:00
  • HouseVenue to be confirmed.

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The rapid, global spread and human health impacts of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2; the agent of COVID -19 disease) have demonstrated humanity’s vulnerability to zoonotic disease pandemics from bats. While most emerging zoonotic infections originate in wildlife, mechanisms driving this process are rarely elucidated. We show how pathogens are transmitted from bats to humans in different contexts. We show one system where loss of winter habitat interacts with climatic factors to drive henipavirus spillover from fruit bats to livestock and how habitat restoration could stop spillover.

Chaired by Dr Olivier Restif

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminar Programme, Department of Veterinary Medicine series.

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