13 Jan '12, 1pm

From the Jungle to J.F.K., Viruses Cross Borders in Monkey Meat

Carlos Rodriguez/Wildlife Conservation Society A set of limbs from a Cercopithecus monkey recently confiscated at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. It’s a familiar story: deep within the jungle, an intrepid explorer or hunter awakens something he shouldn’t have. Maybe he bagged the wrong bat or came into contact with an ailing chimp. Whatever the origin, he unsuspectingly becomes host to something deadly and unseen and unwittingly carries it back home across the river or the ocean. And then the pandemic begins. This may read like a passage from a Richard Preston novel, but all an enterprising virus needs to do is jump aboard a traveling human or animal, and bam — the potential for a catastrophe akin to the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic could emerge. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and the Wildlife Conservation Society decided to undertake their first surveillance eff...

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