Cirion foundation, the Wildlife Forensic Academy (WFA) and partner universities are jointly designing a masterclass program for students on  the impact of wild life poaching, trafficking and trading on the spread of zoonotic infections.

In our rapidly changing world, infectious diseases, old and new, have an undisputed  impact on our society. The rapid spread of infectious diseases is seen as a serious threat to the modern world. The majority of emerging infections are zoonotic, which means transmitted from animal hosts and/or vectors to human populations. A combination of factors among which urbanization, migration of human and animal populations, intensive livestock farming,  living habits  with a negative impact on climate, nature and environment do have a negative impact on life.  In this respect, the scale and impact of wildlife poaching, trafficking and trade on the risk of spreading zoonotic infections  is underexposed.