How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans
June 26, 2020
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Amy Y. Vittor, University of Florida; Gabriel Zorello Laporta, Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, and Maria Anice Mureb Sallum, Universidade de São Paulo
(THE CONVERSATION) The coronavirus pandemic, suspected of originating in bats and pangolins, has brought the risk of viruses that jump from wildlife to humans into stark focus.
These leaps often happen at the edges of the world's tropical forests, where deforestation is increasingly bringing people into contact with animals' natura...