31 Aug '15, 4pm

#Biodiversity #Limits #Disease Outbreaks Among Humans and Wildlife

#Biodiversity #Limits #Disease Outbreaks Among Humans and Wildlife

High biodiversity has now been shown conclusively to reduce the transmission of many infectious diseases of wildlife, humans, and plants,” Dr Felicia Keesing, a biologist at Bard College and lead author of the study, explained in an interview. “Preserving biodiversity appears to be a valuable and useful way for humans to protect themselves from exposure to pathogens. For diseases of humans, there is very strong evidence now that naturally high levels of biodiversity reduce exposure to the pathogens that cause West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and hanta viruses.”

Full article: http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListR...

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