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Respiratory disease of human origin is a major threat to the health and conservation of wild chimpanzees as well as other great apes. Researchers will track the transmission of respiratory pathogens from people to chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, Uganda, where chimpanzees have suffered repeated bouts of deadly respiratory illness. By focusing on children in local communities who are the likeliest infection source, the project will adopt a One Health approach to blocking future transmission of respiratory diseases from people to chimpanzees, including the potentially fatal respiratory virus that causes COVID-19. One Health researchers recognize the importance of the interconnection between people, animals and the environment to help solve regional and global health challenges.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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United States
Tony Goldberg, PhD, DVM
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