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The Cornell Wildlife Health Center's Dr. Steve Osofsky discusses the role of wildlife markets in igniting pandemics.
Coronavirus

As the world grapples with the worst global public health emergency in recent memory, more than 100 scientists and conservation leaders from 25 countries are calling on governments across the globe to address high-risk wildlife trade to reduce the chance of another outbreak.
Coronavirus with animals and trees around it

The Cornell Wildlife Health Center's Dr. Steve Osofsky discusses how One Health and Planetary Health approaches emphasize a “preventive medicine perspective – stopping problems earlier, rather than dealing with the consequences” and could help prevent the next pandemic.
Eastern box turtle

For Your Information

Most people value wildlife encounters, and there’s a fascination that comes from a taxa so vastly different than our own. But, many species of reptiles and amphibians are declining in the wild, facing threats such as habitat loss, unscrupulous collection, and disease. Therefore, great care must be taken to ensure that we do not negatively impact that which we love.
Wet market

“When we harvest wild animals from all over the world and bring them into markets, let them all mix together, what we’re doing is creating the perfect storm..." says the Cornell Wildlife Health Center's Steve Osofsky, on wet markets.
Malayan tiger

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University conducted initial COVID-19 testing of samples from a Bronx Zoo tiger. It is believed to be the first known case of an animal infected with SARS-Cov-2 in the U.S. and the first tiger worldwide.
Wet market

Podcast

The Cornell Wildlife Health Center's Dr. Steve Osofsky shares his views on steps we must take to greatly decrease the chances of future pandemics.
Dr. Alex Travis standing in a lab

Cornell experts discuss COVID-19's origin and its impact on the global economy. Cornell's Dr. Alex Travis states "if COVID-19 teaches us anything, it's that we can't afford not to pay attention to how we interact with the environment."
Person wearing face mask sitting outside with cat

The Cornell Wildlife Health Center's Dr. Steve Osofsky states "this is a viral lottery," describing how all sorts of wildlife normally separated by continents are brought together at markets in Asia. "If you're a virus and you survive by spreading, you couldn't create a more perfect system for aiding and abetting the next pandemic."   
Researcher in lab

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted lives and institutions around the world in numerous ways, and Cornell faculty members have shared their expertise on everything from the virus itself to impacts on local and global economies.