Published: October 2007
Infectious Animals - Learn More
In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.
Related Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Get organized, updated, and searchable information about zoonoses at this U.S. government website.

World Health Organization (WHO)
Find published scientific papers, disease outbreak time lines, traveler's advice, and more at the UN health authority's website.

Emerging Infectious Diseases
Visitors get free, full access to scientific papers appearing in a peer-reviewed monthly journal published by the CDC.

The Human-Animal Link

This 2005 article published in Foreign Affairs provides a good overview of emerging zoonoses and their relationship with changes in ecology and human-animal interactions.

Temple Monkeys and Health Implications of Commensalism, Kathmandu, Nepal
This study on temple monkeys in Nepal gives scientific data and explains how human proximity to and interaction with nonhuman primates provides a breeding ground for the sharing of viruses.


Durham, Jerry D., and Felissa R. Lashley. Emerging Infectious Diseases: Trends and Issues. Springer Publishing Company, 2002.

Morse, Stephen S. Emerging Viruses. Oxford University Press, 1993.

NGS Resources

Mendel, Gideon. "Living with AIDS." National Geographic (September 2005), 66-73.

Klesius, Michael. "Amid the Unrelenting Spread of AIDS: Search for a Cure." National Geographic (February 2002), 32-43.

Clynes, Tom. "Dangerous Medicine: On the Front Line of the Ebola Epidemic." Adventure (May/June 2001), 100-110, 138-142.

Quammen, David. "The Green Abyss: Megatransect, Part II." National Geographic (March 2001), 2-37.

Skelton, Renee. "Taking the Bite Out of Rabies." World (November 1999), 26-29.