Article: "Prediction of Spillover and Interventional Animal Vaccination to Prevent Emerging Pathogen Threats in Current and Future Zones of US Military Operation"

February 19, 2019

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) issued a Broad Agency Announcement in January 2018 entitled "PREventing EMerging Pathogenic Threats - PREEMPT" to "a new layer of medical preparedness to combat emerging infectious diseases".  The basis for DARPA interest in this topic is that almost 60% of emerging infectious diseases in humans are transmitted from an animal species harboring the pathogen that is then subsequently transmitted to humans, known as a zoonotic transmission.  Emerging infections also result from insect species, such as mosquitos, that transmit novel vir