Predicting future pandemics

The monitoring of bats can help to reveal the origins of pathogens

Humans have encroached on wildlife in many areas of the world. This can result in pathogens crossing the species barrier and jumping from animals to humans. Bats are often immediately determined culprits, but most often they are not. They only interact with disease hosts, like humans do.

Researchers will study the movement of bats in Africa to learn where they encounter disease hosts. This will help them to find the primary hosts and prevent further pandemics.

Animals: Bats

Locations: Zambia, Ghana, Ruanda

Contact: Dina Dechmann, MPI of Animal Behavior, Konstanz/Germany

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