Humans are creating hot spots where bats could transmit zoonotic diseases

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Date of Publication: June 25

Year of Publication: 2021

Publication City: Washington, DC

Publisher: National Geographic Society

Author(s): Jillian Kramer

A new map shows how human actions are affecting outbreak risks, sometimes in surprising places, which could be a valuable tool in preventing the next pandemic.

As human settlements creep ever closer to wildlife habitat, replacing swaths of forests with development and farmland, scientists fear those land-use changes could spur the evolution of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19. Areas that have seen dramatic transformations and are home to large bat populations, some scientists believe, could prove to be the starting point of the next coronavirus pandemic.

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