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Expert Available to Comment on Zoonotic Diseases in Relation to COVID-19

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Donal Bisanzio, PhD, a Senior Epidemiologist at RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, is available to comment on zoonotic diseases—infectious diseases passed from animals to humans—in relation to COVID-19. Dr. Bisanzio is an expert in infectious diseases in humans and animals and tracking the spread of zoonotic diseases.

As scientists around the globe continue to study COVID-19, many believe that the coronavirus originated in animals before spreading from person to person.  Although there is no definitive answer as to exactly where COVID-19 came from, some scientists believe it originated from bat or pangolin descent.

Dr. Bisanzio has more than a decade of experience in global health and holds a license in veterinary medicine. His research focuses on vector-based and zoonotic diseases, such as malaria, Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, and parasitism. He is skilled in mapping the spread of infectious diseases and has been studying the path of COVID-19 since originally reported in Wuhan, China.

To request an interview, contact the RTI Newsroom at news@rti.org.