Wednesday, July 24, 2013

AUSTRALIAN researchers are joining forces with scientists overseas to prepare for the next human pandemic

July 24, 2013

CSIRO Biosecurity Flagship Director Gary Fitt will tell Australia's leading biosecurity researchers on Thursday recent global events highlight the need to ramp up research into viruses that spread from animals to humans.
"We now know that 70 per cent of new diseases in people have originated in animals," he says in a statement.
"We are lucky to have a strong biosecurity system, backed by world-class science, but we live in an increasingly connected world with trade and people movements putting us at greater risk."
He says CSIRO and Duke-NUS (an alliance between Duke University in the US and the National University of Singapore) have signed a relationship agreement with a view to forming an International Collaborative Centre for One Health.

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