How Environmental Destruction Causes Illnesses and Diseases
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Health Issues page and our Environment and Climate Resource Center page . Preventing illness is the best way to get health-care costs down. So why aren't governments doing more to protect the environment? We've long known that environmental factors contribute to disease, especially contamination of air, water, and soil. Scientists are now learning the connection is stronger than we realized. New research shows that 60 percent of emerging infectious diseases affecting humans-those that rapidly increase in incidence or geographic range-start with animals, two-thirds from wild animals. Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Ebola, SARS, AIDS these are just a few of the hundreds of epidemics that have spread from animals to people. A study by the International Livestock Research Institute concludes that more than two-millio...