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WCS helps launch an open-access database that will enable governments and health agencies to track emerging diseases around the globe.

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Open-access website uses technology to merge wildlife and human health surveillance NEW YORK (February 9, 2011)— Health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital Boston, the University of California at Davis, EcoHealth Alliance, and other members of PREDICT have publicly launched a web-based, open-access map to help governments and health agencies track emerging infectious diseases across the world. Announced at this week’s International...
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For a quarter century, the WCS Wildlife Health Center has provided healthcare for all animals within WCS’s New York City parks and served as headquarters for our wildlife health work in countries across the globe.
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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s state-of-the-art hospital includes medical, surgical, and pathology facilities for WCS’s Living Institution collectionsServes as headquarters for WCS’s field veterinary program that monitors wildlife health and potential pandemics around the world NEW YORK (December 9, 2010)— The Wildlife Conservation Society celebrates today the 25th Anniversary of the Wildlife Health Center, a state-of-the-art hospital and applied research facility. Opened in 1985,...
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Both facilities are part of the C.V. Starr Science Campus at the Bronx Zoo. Bronx, NY – Oct. 6, 2010 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo today celebrated the groundbreaking of the LaMattina Wildlife Ambassador Center and a Special Care Unit of the Global Center for Wildlife Health – two facilities that will help WCS continue its long tradition of connecting people to nature and ensuring exemplary care for animals. The LaMattina Wildlife Ambassa...
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NEW YORK (April 14, 2010)—The Wildlife Conservation Society is working with partners on a study to prevent deadly diseases from entering New York through the illegal trade of such wildlife as apes, monkeys, and rodents. The study—focusing on detecting pathogens in wildlife products entering the New York City area—will be discussed by Dr. Kristine Smith of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Global Health Program at “Wildlife Conservation and Human Health,” the latest symposium in the WCS Fairfie...
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Wednesday, April 14, 1-5 p.m. New York (April 8, 2010)—The linkages between wildlife, natural resources, and the well-being of human populations are the focus of “Wildlife Conservation and Human Health,” a half-day symposium and part of the ongoing Fairfield Osborn Memorial Lecture series. The lecture is free to the public. When: Wednesday, April 14, 2010. 1-5 p.m. Reception: 5-6 p.m. Where: Rockefeller University Caspary Auditorium York Avenue at 66th Street New York City...
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Free Lecture and Reception Sheds Light on the Importance of Protecting Wildlife Health to Protect Human Health New York, N.Y. – Protecting the health of wildlife is a growing challenge to conservation. Outbreaks of infectious diseases often occur at the interface between people, domestic animals and wildlife. Because globalization and wildlife trade increases the threat of new health crises, human and animal health is inextricably linked. WCS’s global health expert...
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Disease ecologists must consider health of individual animals and populations in research and conservation plans NEW YORK (October 30, 2009)—Whereas healthy animals are able to fend off diseases and infections, individuals in poor condition become susceptible to a “vicious circle” in which animals in poor health are more prone to becoming infected, triggering a negative loop where they become weaker in the process, according to recent work by health professionals from the Wildlife Conservatio...
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USAID develops initiative to monitor diseases that move between animals and people NEW YORK (October 23, 2009)—The Wildlife Conservation Society will play a key role in a new international effort to monitor diseases that move between animals and people in order to prevent the next global pandemic. The global early warning system—named PREDICT and created with incremental funding of up to $75 million over 5 years from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threa...
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