New York, NY—The current pandemic underscores the need to understand the social, economic, and
ecological conditions that drive the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases, with the
aim of reducing the likelihood of future zoonotic outbreaks and pandemics.
recognize the need for preparedness and well-coordinated rapid responses to prevent
spread, we focus our recommendations on the areas where we have relevant expertise
and insights. There is substantial evidence that the loss and degradation of natural
ecosystems and the commercial trade of wild animals for human consumption—especially in urban markets—increase the chance of spillover of zoonotic diseases to
Successful intervention to significantly decrease the probability
of zoonotic disease spillover to people will require a set of interventions strategically
targeted at multiple levels and scales. In this report, we outline a set of key recommendations
and areas for investment:
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