Finite Number of Mammal Viruses
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – The number of viruses in the mammal population is now believed to be finite, according to researchers from Columbia University.
Using a combination of field investigations and a new statistical approach, the total number of viruses that may exist is at a minimum 320,000. This number is important because over three-quarters of viruses affecting humans originated from wildlife.
"Our goal is to provide the viral intelligence needed for the global public health community to anticipate and respond to the continuous challenge of emerging infectious diseases,” W. Ian Lipkin, MD, and director of the Columbia Center for Infection and Immunity, was quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: EcoHealth Alliance, September 2013
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