Disease Ecology Workshop: JP Schmidt

In this workshop, JP Schmidt presents the results of an analysis conducted by the CEID's Spillover Working Group. From the Gideon database of disease outbreaks, the group cleaned 8,500 records of 90 zoonotic pathogens to capture as consistently as possible the number of cases, deaths, location and context of each outbreak. Records date from 541 A.D. to 2017, but all but 1300 document outbreaks occurring since 1990. Following a literature survey, the group identified 45 non-exclusive drivers which we used to score each of the top 100 largest outbreaks. To discover differences in the origins of major outbreaks, we compared the drivers of the largest outbreaks to 200 outbreaks of median size that were similarly assigned to primary drivers. 

The Spillover Working Group is an interdisciplinary team of researchers who seek to develop and test theory about the conditions under which novel pathogens of humans and wildlife emerge, as well as translate this theory into systems and tools useful for decision-making. To learn more about this working group, email ceid@uga.edu

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 12:20pm to 2:00pm

Ecology Building, Auditorium
140 E Green Street, Athens, GA 30602

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Current Students, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Community


Health & Wellness, Research, Science & Technology





Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases
School of Ecology
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Trippe Ross

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