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April 8, 2020

Will the next coronavirus come from Amazonia? Deforestation and the risk of infectious diseases (commentary)

“... The various steps in identifying factors that contribute to the emergence and transfer of infectious diseases come under the umbrella of a “one-health perspective,” which considers the health of a human population together with the health of the surrounding populations of other species. Amazon deforestation facilitates transmission both of new diseases and of old ones like malaria. The connection between deforestation and infectious diseases is just one more impact of deforestation, added to impacts of losing both Amazonia’s biodiversity and the forest’s vital climate functions in avoiding global warming and in recycling water that is essential for non-Amazonian areas in Brazil (such as São Paulo) as well as neighboring countries like Argentina. ...”

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