Here is the other virus that worries Asia
The Covid-19 pandemic has taken much of the world by surprise. But not everyone. For years, epidemiologists and other experts have warned that we are preparing for a global pandemic.
Most of the diseases that experts worry about come from animals. In fact, 75% of new emerging diseases are zoonotic. The Covid-19 - believed to come from pangolins sold in wet markets in China - was no different. But like Covid-19, zoonotic diseases become riskier for humans because of our own actions. Our effect on the climate, encroachment on wildlife habitats and travel around the world have contributed to the circulation of animal diseases. Combined with urbanization, overpopulation and global trade, we have set up an ideal scenario for more pandemics to come.
In this series, we explore six of the diseases most likely to cause the following and take a look at the work done in trying to stop them. From camels carrying Seas in Africa to flu pigs in Europe, meet the animals and diseases with the greatest pandemic potential and learn what we can do to stop them, before it's too late.
Keep checking back as we update this page with the latest stories from the coming weeks.
This series was reported, written and produced by Harriet Constable and Jacob Kushner. It was edited by Amanda Ruggeri. Reporting for this series was funded by the Pulitzer Center.
Fruit bats fly over the morning market in Battambang, one of the many places in Cambodia where bats and humans come into close contact on a daily basis (Piseth Mora)
Bats in Asia
The Nipah virus is one of the 10 priority diseases of the World Health Organization that they believe could cause a pandemic. There is no vaccination, it is extremely deadly and there have already been a number of epidemics in Asia. We meet scientists who study the disease who believe that overdevelopment and encroachment on the habitat of bats makes another spillover more likely. Read our article on how Nipah could be the next pandemic.
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