Abstract: Cross-species infection of viruses with wildlife origin is one of major reasons for emerging viral diseases in humans. Therefore, it is especially important to construct database for wildlife-borne viral pathogens based on collection and collation of wildlife samples and corresponding viral pathogen data. Through establishment of standard metadata description, this database includes up to 20,000 collated and processed data from wildlife samples collected from many of countries and several provinces and regions throughout China, and serves institutes and universities in China and other countries that conduct researches related to wildlife viral pathogens. The users can perform query based on wildlife species, sample type, species distribution, etc., according to their requirement. By entering species, users can also search for information about animal species carrying specific viruses. The construction of this database will contribute to the in-depth and systematic studies of viruses carried by wildlife and arthropod vectors, the assessment for the risk of virus transmission to livestock and humans, and the prediction of emerging infectious disease hotspots. It also provides theoretical basis and technical support for disease control and prevention.
Keywords: wildlife samples; viral pathogen data; emerging infectious diseases; cross-species infections