Deforestation and urban expansion increase the risk of epidemics

Bats, civets, ticks… 60% of human infectious diseases are of animal origin. This is what increases the risk of transmission.

Animals spreading diseases to humans

How deforestation contributes to coronavirus

Not only do deforestation, faming, and urban expansion threaten the environment, but also humans: these are factors that increase the risk of epidemics. One of the primary reasons: the contact between animals and humans. 60% of human infectious diseases are of animal origin and more than two-thirds of them come from wild animals. The destruction of natural environments, due to deforestation and urban expansion, leads to animal migration and increases the risk of transmission.

In 2017, the Ebola virus appeared in deforested areas of Central and West Africa. The bats carrying the virus fed on farms and gardens, allowing transmission to humans. Another example is Lyme disease transmitted by ticks in the United States. In the northeast of the country, deforestation has driven out possums, which helped regulate tick populations. Other actions can also contribute to epidemics: factory farming, which promotes the spreading of viruses through feces, and animal trade, which brings together animals that shouldn't naturally meet. This is the probable cause of the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. According to scientists from the Global Virome project, wildlife is reportedly home to 1.7 million viruses still unknown.

Coronavirus scare helping some animals

In a more positive direction, the endangered pangolins are suspected of being intermediate hosts that would’ve enabled the transmission of the virus to humans. These small mammals could benefit from the pandemic. The sales of pangolin have decreased since the start of the pandemic. Over the last few days, Chinese buyers have disappeared. In China, the epicenter of the pandemic, the government has taken strong measures to curb the health crisis. In 2003, similar measures were taken to stem the SARS epidemic, but they were suspended after a few months. Other sectors are exempt from the recent bans: fur, breeding for zoological parks and traditional medicine. However, this sector should be subjected to stricter controls and quarantines.


03/21/2020 7:31 AM


  • Tim S.
    05/03/2020 00:11

    This is nothing more that left sided hogwash. There will be those that will take is crap 💩 to heart. The United States has done more to help the environment than all the other nations combined. No, you won’t hear it in the media, but if you listen to the scientific data - ieCO2 emissions it goes in the face of these left winged environmentalists.

  • Margret M.
    04/26/2020 21:41

    And we give animals infections to.

  • えら ラ.
    04/26/2020 21:09

  • Benjamin P.
    04/26/2020 16:30

    Nature is tasty.

  • Jenny P.
    04/25/2020 13:17

    Chinese Fuck heads eating anything they see live on there plates !🤬Then don’t Fucking eat any animals forest is there home an everyone deserves own free .✊🏻stop animal cruelty and stop deforestation on the name of urbanisation and development /advancement of science an tech Such scum begs beach+ all corrupt GOv all dick heads !!

  • Stephanie C.
    04/25/2020 06:53

    World human population is too large for the planet.

  • Ced V.
    04/25/2020 05:02

    China numbawan.. cancer

  • Thanga A.
    04/25/2020 02:12

    We deserve it

  • Grasa B.
    04/24/2020 23:19

    King County caters to the city rats. They feed them assign special social worker to take pictures of them, and leave human feces for the rats to feed of the piles... why the city health officials think it is Ok to cater to rats?

  • Kolbrún L.
    04/24/2020 12:26

    Thank you !

  • Anne S.
    04/24/2020 12:23

    Very interesting.

  • Ond E.
    04/24/2020 09:25

    That is good to know but have you asked how the bat got in contact with human when they are wild creatures and nocturnal, We destroy their homes and expect nothing in return ??

  • Nayan K.
    04/24/2020 09:14

    It’s up to u how you treat animals.

  • Katherine S.
    04/24/2020 07:57

    worth reading for your geography

  • Mazhar H.
    04/24/2020 06:25

    How about chinese bat soup? I don't think it has anything to do with deforstation.

  • Javi M.
    04/24/2020 03:59

    Se llama zoonosis la transmisión de enfermedades de animales a humanos

  • Mark P.
    04/24/2020 00:46

    All based on greed!

  • Zen K.
    04/24/2020 00:34

    Human ask for it

  • Idy A.
    04/24/2020 00:30

    china loves exotic animals and insects

  • Ruth M.
    04/24/2020 00:27

    True and very informative.

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