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EXPLAINER | Why UFS academics believe more pandemics may be on the way

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Prof Robert Bragg, Prof Aliza le Roux and Dr Martin Nyaga.
Prof Robert Bragg, Prof Aliza le Roux and Dr Martin Nyaga.
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People worldwide, including South Africans, should prepare for more pandemics in the future, academics at the University Free State (UFS) believe.

The academics also believe the current coronavirus, which has infected more than 18 million people and killed close to 700 000, is only a dress rehearsal for an even bigger pandemic.

UFS Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology Department researcher Professor Robert Bragg and Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Zoology assistant dean and entomology associate professor Aliza le Roux believe this is because of human's interaction with animals, and not learning from previous pandemics. 

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