White-tailed deer have malaria: Researchers discover native malaria in the Americas

“This is a reminder of the importance of parasite surveys and basic natural history,” says Schall.

“It underlines the fact that many human health concerns are connected to wider ecological systems—and that understanding the biology of other species is a foundation to both conservation and public health management.”

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Destroying Nature Unleashes Infectious Diseases – The New York Times

“A critical example is a developing model of infectious disease that shows that most epidemics — AIDS, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Lyme disease and hundreds more that have occurred over the last several decades — don’t just happen. They are a result of things people do to nature.

Disease, it turns out, is largely an environmental issue.”

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