Scientists searching for clues to the next pandemic

03/4/2013 | ScientificAmerican.com

Anne Rimoin, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, is studying the zoonotic disease monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has found that the disease, which resembles smallpox, is rapidly spreading, and she notes there are many other unknown diseases in the world that pose a serious risk to people. "These diseases are no longer way out in the remote jungles," Rimoin says. "The reason that you want to do disease surveillance is because you want to be able to prevent the next pandemic before it starts."

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