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Human exploitation of wildlife and their habitats is directly to blame for the increased spread of viruses from animals to humans, study claims

The destruction of habitats as well as the trade and hunting of wild animals has led to an increasing risk of virus spillover from wildlife to humans, a study found. Researchers from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and others studied the link between a rise in infectious diseases and environmental change. According to the new study, many of the same activities increasing virus risk also drive wildlife population declines and the risk of extinction.  Read more...



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