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October 2023

A graphical representation of planet Earth's heart-rate.

Until now, governments have largely erased pandemic threats from their list of priorities, despite continued surges in the spread of animal-to-human diseases. Consequently, The Lancet and the Coalition for Preventing Pandemics at the Source are convening a commission on the prevention of viral spillover. 
A NY State beekeeper shown tending to his beehives.

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In this study led by Cornell's Dr. Karyn Bischoff, researchers found pesticide contamination of beeswax in New York State's beekeeping industry to be common, with commercial beekeepers experiencing the greatest contamination.
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Cornell's Dr. Raina Plowright will be serving as a co-chair of a new Commission on Prevention of Viral Spillover, convened by The Lancet and the Coalition for Preventing Pandemics at the Source.
White-tailed deer doe shown in a field of brown vegetation by Brad Taylor.

Cornell's Krysten Schuler comments on how chronic-wasting disease spreads in deer and the importance of monitoring the disease through surveillance.
One Health ad showing a bear cub amongst flowers.


In this eCornell webinar, Dr. Steve Osofsky, Dr. Krysten Schuler, and Dr. Jennifer Bloodgood of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine share their experiences from the field and the lab to illustrate how the health of wildlife and our own health are inextricably linked.
Tiger walking in the forest by R. Gilbert.

Dr. Martin Gilbert, our wild carnivore health specialist, reflects on his decades-long research into canine distemper virus in endangered wild tigers, from the Russian Far East to Southeast Asia, and the valuable partnerships he has developed to help implement disease surveillance systems to monitor wild tiger health.
Black Bear in a grassy field by Pete Nuij, Unsplash.

A black bear being treated at the Cornell Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital tested positive for a Salmonella strain that had not been seen in animals in the U.S. before. A joint study between the hospital and Dr. Kevin Cummings helped detect the outbreak quickly and prevent the bacteria from spreading further.
Raina Plowright portrait.

Dr. Raina Plowright, the Rudolf J. and Katharine L. Steffen Professor of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Public and Ecosystem Health at CVM was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.
A sloth recovering from electrocution


This past summer, Cornell veterinary student Sophie Yasuda traveled to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, a beautiful beach town along the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, to work at the Jaguar Rescue Center.
Nepal rhino by Martin Gilbert

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This recent study shows that despite a population increase of greater one-horned rhinos in Nepal's Chitwan National Park, genetic diversity has declined.
A pair of swans flying over water by Christine Bogdanowicz

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Since 2005, highly pathogenic avian influenza A H5N1 viruses have spread from Asia worldwide, infecting poultry, humans and wild birds. This new paper contributes to the understanding of the prevalence and ecology of low-pathogenicity avian influenza viruses in Mongolia, where birds from multiple flyways mix.