People and non-human primates come into contact all over the world, as you can see in this interactive map produced by the UC Davis One Health Institute.
Sometimes these human and non-human primate interactions involve people entering the traditional territory of gorillas and monkeys. Other times wildlife ventures into human areas. In many cases, the line between the two is blurred.
Such interactions present a heightened risk for zoonotic disease transmission, whether the viruses come from non-human primates to people or vice versa.
Our researchers at the UC Davis One Health Institute and the PREDICT Project study these health issues, which range from zoonotic disease transmission to threats faced by endangered mountain gorilla populations. Learn more about their work by subscribing to Evotis, the monthly online publication of the UC Davis One Health Institute.
Justin Cox is content marketing manager for the UC Davis One Health Institute and the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center. He also produces Evotis.