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Media Type: Article - Recent
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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