Sunday, January 25, 2009

Not just for doctors waiting rooms.....

Placid under sedation, a juvenile rhesus macaque yields biological samples that could show him to be infected with human diseases such as tuberculosis or measles. Similarly, primates can pass pathogens to humans—potentially touching off pandemics.

If you'd like to read a little more about zoonotic diseases National Geographic had a great article a little over a year ago: Deadly Contact: How Animals and Humans Exchange Disease

We will return to this topic, and the issue of bushmeat, when we talk about Ebola.

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