Emerging Infectious Diseases
A GHI Strategic Focus Area
We know the challenges. A global economy paves the way for the spread of infectious diseases across the planet. Expanding populations of ticks, mosquitoes and other vectors carry new pathogens into new territories. Cities expand into natural areas, bringing humans in closer contact with wildlife.
Global Health. Planetary Health. One Health. Eco Health. All tell us that the well-being of humans, animals and ecosystems are tied together, and we must see them as a whole. All call for multidisciplinary collaborations to advance well-being for all.
We know that 60 percent of human pathogens—including SARS-CoV-2 and influenza— originate from animals. We know vaccines save lives. Together, we work at the crossroads: Identifying new viruses to prevent the next pandemic. Tracking and preventing diseases in wildlife before they spill over into human populations. Understanding neglected tropical diseases. Developing new vaccines and ensuring they are available to all. Actively advocating for solutions that save lives.
UW-MADISON SCHOOLS & DIVISIONS WORKING IN THE AREAS OF EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES