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What’s the next global disease threat? Some predictions

VIENNA — Wondering what the next SARS or Zika-like disease heading our way might be? At a conference this past weekend in the Austrian capital, a leading researcher made some predictions.

Kevin Olival, the associate vice president for research at the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, used a formula that takes into account the number of animal species a virus can infect and the number of vectors — think types of mosquitoes or ticks — that can transmit it.

Looking at flaviviruses — the family that includes Zika, dengue and yellow fever— Olival rhymed off the top three on his “ones to watch” list at the International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance.

Click here to read the full story by Helen Branswell, STAT News.