The ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic illustrates very well the threat posed by emerging infectious diseases not only to human and animal health but also to social stability, trade and global economy. However, many signs are suggesting that the frequency of the emergence of new infectious agents could increase in the coming decades, raising fears of an impending global epidemiological crisis. Human activities are causing profound changes in land use and biodiversity in many places on the planet. These disturbances occur in a context of increased international connectivity through human movements and trade, against the backdrop of climate change. These are precisely the optimal conditions to promote the transfer of pathogenic microorganisms from animals to humans. However, according to WHO, the diseases resulting from such transmissions are among the most dangerous. I work on emerging human and animal infectious diseases in aquatic environments.
– Associate editor for Fish Biology and the Iranian Journal of Ichthyology