UNMC Joins Consortium To Stop Emerging Animal-to-Human Infectious Diseases

Dr. David Brett-Major is the principal investigator for UNMC (Photo Courtesy UNMC).
November 30, 2020 - 9:40am

The University of Nebraska Medical Center has joined an international consortium that will work to prevent emerging animal-to-human infectious diseases. Dr. David Brett-Major is a medical epidemiologist and the principal investigator for UNMC. He said large-scale outbreaks like influenza and COVID-19 started from animals.

“And, these diseases have costs. They disrupt trade," he said. "They impact people's wealth. They change food security in populations. They force migration in resource limited areas. And so these have real impact on communities around the world.”

The agreement, called Strategies to Prevent Spillover, will focus on helping countries, who are at risk of developing these diseases, detect threats to animals before they can be transmitted to humans.

The U.S. Agency for International Development awarded $100 million to the consortium. UNMC’s initial share is $300,000 over five years for technical advice on outbreak management and more.

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