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App ranks wildlife viruses' spillover potential

SARS-CoV-2 was second only to the Lassa virus among 887 wildlife viruses that threaten to spill over to humans, according to a study of the SpillOver web-based tool that analyzes 32 risk factors and ranks zoonotic viruses based on the likelihood they will spread to human populations. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, used public records of virus detections and data from almost 75,000 animals, and researchers say the tool could be used to prioritize surveillance and prevention initiatives.

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