Wildlife exploitation = infectious disease risk

Wildlife exploitation = infectious disease risk

Credit: UC Davis

Zoonotic diseases – those transmitted from animals to humans – are quickly becoming one of the world’s biggest public health challenges, according to new research published, with impeccable timing, in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Exploring this, the global study found that wildlife exploitation through hunting, trade, habitat destruction and urbanisation has not only endangered animals, it has also increased the risk of viruses spilling over to humans.


Published by Cosmos.

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