We have completed maintenance on DiscoverMagazine.com and action may be required on your account. Learn More

The disease trackers

Not Exactly Rocket Science
By Ed Yong
Jul 5, 2011 4:39 PMNov 20, 2019 4:24 AM


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

If you were trying to predict where the next new infectious disease will come from, the Mekong Basin would be a decent guess. This large river basin is shared by between China, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. It holds a booming mobile human population and hordes of accompanying livestock, which are encroaching into areas inhabited by wild animals. Within this throng, infections can easily jump from species to species and find new hosts in large numbers. This threat of emerging diseases in the Mekong Basin is the subject of my latest feature, published today in the British Medical Journal. I discuss why this area is such a prime hotspot for new infections and the surveillance programmes that are trying to spot these diseases before they spread around the world. I also go into the problems of coordinating efforts across very different countries, how to spot diseases before they emerge, and how to spread the word of new infections using everything from email to mobile phones. Go and have a read. (image source)

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

1 free articleSubscribe
Discover Magazine Logo
Want more?

Keep reading for as low as $1.99!


Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

To The Magazine

Save up to 40% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2024 Kalmbach Media Co.