reference : Search strategy has influenced the discovery rate of human viruses

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Abstract A widely held concern is that the pace of infectious disease emergence has been increasing. We have analyzed the rate of discovery of pathogenic viruses, the preeminent source of newly discovered causes of human disease, from 1897 through 2010. The rate was highest during 1950-1969, after which it moderated. This general picture masks two distinct trends: for arthropod-borne viruses, which comprised 39% of pathogenic viruses, the discovery rate peaked at three per year during 1960-1969, but subsequently fell nearly to zero by 1980; however, the rate of discovery of nonarboviruses remained stable at about two per year from 1950 through 2010. The period of highest arbovirus discovery coincided with a comprehensive program supported by The Rockefeller Foundation of isolating viruses from humans, animals, and arthropod vectors at field stations in Latin America, Africa, and India. The productivity of this strategy illustrates the importance of location, approach, long-term commitment, and sponsorship in the discovery of emerging pathogens.
Author Rosenberg, R.; Johansson, M. A.; Powers, A. M.; Miller, B. R.
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1307243110
Date Aug 20
ISSN 1091-6490
Issue 34
Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Keywords Animals; Communicable Diseases, Emerging/*epidemiology/virology; Disease Vectors; Geography; History, 19th Century; History, 20th Century; History, 21st Century; Humans; Virology/*history; Virus Diseases/*epidemiology/history; Viruses/classification/*isolation & purification; Zoonoses/*epidemiology/virology
Notes Rosenberg, Ronald Johansson, Michael A Powers, Ann M Miller, Barry R eng Historical Article 2013/08/07 06:00 Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Aug 20;110(34):13961-4. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1307243110. Epub 2013 Aug 5.
Pages 13961-13964
Title Search strategy has influenced the discovery rate of human viruses
Volume 110
Year 2013
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