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The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. Coronavirus is here and before it we heard about Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia―but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern.

The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In his new book, "Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, Science" journalist David Quammen tracks this subject around the world. He recounts adventures in the field―netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo―with the world’s leading disease scientists.

Westchester Preps For Wuhan Coronavirus

Jan 24, 2020
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The Westchester County Health Department is preparing for any cases of coronavirus amid an outbreak in China. This comes as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined the state’s response to two confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. — in Washington state and Chicago — while investigating four potential cases in New York.

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School officials say a group of Western Connecticut State University students are ill from an unknown virus.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a central New York resident is the first person in the state and second in the country this year to be diagnosed with a potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus.