Epidemiology is an environmental issue. “Any emerging disease in the last 30 or 40 years has come about as a result of encroachment into wild lands and changes in demography,” claimed disease ecologist and president of EcoHealth Dr Peter Daszak in 2012.
Indeed, disruptive human behaviour is nearly always the cause of animal-to-human pathogenic spillover (zoonosis). The fact that an unprecedented 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic highlights the severity of the situation.
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