Link between deforestation and ebola a lesson in habitat encroachment | Stuff.co.nz

“We wondered if it was just because people were there, but we tested [and] it was actually due to the fragmented forest with people present … as people start to encroach.”Fruit bat populations increase in fragmented forest conditions, while their contact with humans also increases.Deforestation is increasing in West Africa to provide land to grow cocoa and palm oil and in central Africa, where other ebola outbreaks have occurred, to meet demand for hardwoods.”It shows there’s different implications in how you encroach in the environment. We in very rich countries, what are we doing that’s encouraging deforestation and habitat encroachment?

Source: Link between deforestation and ebola a lesson in habitat encroachment | Stuff.co.nz

Ebola outbreak: ‘Superspreaders’ were driving cause of 2014-15 West Africa epidemic – Outbreak News Today – Overblown “Mighta/Coulda” “news” driven by researchers looking for status and newsies for readers?

If superspreading had been completely controlled, almost two thirds of the infections might have been prevented, scientists said in the study. The researchers also noted that their findings were conservative, since they only focused on people who had been buried safely. This suggests that the role of superspreaders may have been even more profound than this research indicates.

Source: Ebola outbreak: ‘Superspreaders’ were driving cause of 2014-15 West Africa epidemic – Outbreak News Today

If your 6 year-old goes to school when he/she is actively infectious with “?” then she/he is a superspreader. In short, this is not anything new  – it is how disease spreads normally. But to use a special term – superspreader, it sounds new and perhaps more dangerous. It also takes precious attention away from the impact of the facts that greater numbers of infections have a lot to do with modern mobility, humans invading natural landscape in greater numbers, and the over use of anti-bacterials in medicine and agriculture.

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