By Elbert ChuPosted 09.05.2012 at 2:38 pm 0 Comments
Scientists are constantly keeping an eye out for new diseases, trying to stanch them before they blow into a global pandemic--and while that's one way to fight the threat, there are other ways to prepare.
Predict: The best way to avoid a pandemic is to identify pathogens before they emerge. Scientists at PREDICT, a consortium of infectious-disease organizations funded by USAID, track and collect zoonotic pathogens in 20 hot-spot countries in order to create a database of the most dangerous. Researchers have discovered more than 100 new viruses in just three years of operation.