How Animal Disease Surveillance Protects Human Health: COVID-19 and Beyond

COVID-19 has been detected in multiple species of animals, including cats, dogs, deer, lions, otters, hippos, manatees, and mink. This has brought into focus how the health of humans is interconnected with the health of animals and our shared environment, and why animal disease surveillance is an important component of measures to protect human health. This video explores what animal surveillance looks like on the ground in an urban area of the US.

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