It's time to move beyond the costly approach to pandemic response. We need a more proactive paradigm that allows for use of knowledge on what diseases might be coming and the development of interventions to prevent or at least control the pathogens at their source.
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This video follows an animal sample through the UC Davis One Health Institute lab. UC Davis is the lead organization on the PREDICT project, which is working on the detection and discovery of zoonotic diseases at the wildlife-human interface in hotspots around the world.
The Bagmati River slum in Nepal was selected as a suitable site for the research team’s rodent sampling program. “The people are more vulnerable here because their shelters are so makeshift,” explains Priya Joshi, the project field manager. “There is nothing concrete. They are exposed to the wildlife. Rodents can go directly into their house[s]. There’s no protection for them.”