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Disease: Coming to your town soon!
10/09/2008

Animal born diseases, also called zoonoses, may spread as the climate warms.  The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released a report highlighting The Deadly Dozen. 
A handful of the lucky diseases to be apart of this evil crew are avian influenza, Ebola, cholera, and my favorite, the plague.

Dr. Steven E. Sanderson, WCS President and CEO says “the health of wild animals is tightly linked to the ecosystems in which they live and influenced by the environment surrounding them, and even minor disturbances can have far-reaching consequences on what diseases they might encounter and transmit as climate changes.”



In order to minimize the threat, Sanderson believes “monitoring wildlife health will help us predict where those trouble spots will occur and plan how to prepare.”

"We've seen Lyme disease work its way up from the US into Canada, and West Nile fever as well," said William Karesh, director of WCS's global health programs.

"Basically what you have now are fewer frozen nights in this region, and that allows the ticks and mosquitoes that carry these diseases to survive further north."

By Jonathan Davis

Source: BBC
 





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