Special Issue "New and Holistic Approaches to Viral Emergence Research"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817). This special issue belongs to the section "Emerging Pathogens".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Florian Liegeois
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Guest Editor
Maladies Infectieuses et Vecteurs: Ecologie, Génétique, Evolution et Contrôle- Unité Mixe de Recherche 224 (MIVEGEC), Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Univ. Montpellier, 34398 Montpellier, France
Interests: emerging infection diseases; virology; zoonoses; evolution; phylogeny; cross-species transmission; molecular and serologic diagnostics
Dr. Mathieu Bourgarel
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Guest Editor
1. CIRAD, UMR ASTRE, Harare, Zimbabwe
2. ASTRE, Univ Montpellier, CIRAD, INRA, 34398 Montpellier, France
Interests: animal ecology; wildlife; rodents; bats; zoonotic diseases; emerging infectious diseases; biodiversity
Dr. Hélène de Nys
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Guest Editor
UMR Animal, Santé, Territoires, Risques, Ecosystèmes (ASTRE), Centre International de Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRAE), Univ. Montpellier, 34398 Montpellier, France
Interests: disease ecology; emerging infectious diseases; zoonoses; wildlife diseases
Dr. Laure Guerrini
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Guest Editor
1. CIRAD, UMR ASTRE, Harare, Zimbabwe
2. ASTRE, Univ Montpellier, CIRAD, INRA, 34398 Montpellier, France
Interests: animal and zoonotic diseases; epidemiology; environment; spatial analysis; modelling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The emergence of viral diseases has always had a strong impact on human societies, either directly through health, societal, and economic crises induced by epidemics or pandemics in human populations or indirectly through viral infections in domestic animal farms and agricultural plantations. 

The last four decades have seen the emergence (or re-emergence) of multiple viruses with dramatic consequences for both humans and domestic animals (Ebola, SARS-CoV-1 and 2, Avian Influenza, Swine Fever, Nipah and Henta viruses, etc.). All these health crises are mainly the result of human activities (deforestation, mining and industrial activities, intensive agricultural practices and livestock farming, hunting, destruction of natural habitats for wild species, climate change, and biodiversity crisis), which have unbalanced fragile ecosystems and thus favor interspecies viral transmission, leading to viral emergence.

In the era of the rise of so-called metagenomic methods, hundreds of new viruses are identified every year. However, although the characterization of viral communities circulating in wild animal and plant species is essential, understanding the mechanisms of emergence requires a multidisciplinary approach involving biological and social sciences.

The objective of this Special Issue is to foster original approaches proposing innovative multidisciplinary research that will allow a better understanding of biological, environmental, and societal mechanisms involved in viral spillover events, as well as adaptative and evolutive factors which favor their emergence to develop new avenues, strategies, and policies to better prevent and control the future outbreaks. This Special issue welcomes contributions (reviews and original papers) to a new vision for the future of research on viral emerging diseases.

Dr. Florian Liegeois
Dr. Mathieu Bourgarel
Dr. Hélène de Nys
Dr. Laure Guerrini
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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Keywords

  • virus
  • emergence
  • metagenomics
  • modeling
  • ecology
  • social sciences
  • virus–host interactions
  • epidemiology
  • control
  • prevention
  • spillover

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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