Disease outbreaks more likely in deforestation areas, study finds | Deforestation | The Guardian (Me: Deja vu…  disease and deforestation and industrialized forests linked)

Land use change is a significant factor in the emergence of zoonotic viruses such as Covid-19 and vector-borne ailments such as malaria, says the paper, published on Wednesday in Frontiers in Veterinary Science. Even tree-planting can increase health risks to local human populations if it focuses too narrowly on a small number of species, as is often the case in commercial forests, the research found. The authors said this was because diseases are filtered and blocked by a range of predators and habitats in a healthy, biodiverse forest. When this is replaced by a palm oil plantation, soy fields or blocks of eucalyptus, the specialist species die off, leaving generalists such as rats and mosquitoes to thrive and spread pathogens across human and non-human habitats. The net result is a loss of natural disease regulation. “I was surprised by how clear the pattern was,” said one of the authors, Serge Morand, of the French National Centre for Scientific Research. “We must give more consideration to the role of the forest in human health, animal health and environmental health. The message from this study is ‘don’t forget the forest’.” The researchers examined the correlation between

Source: Disease outbreaks more likely in deforestation areas, study finds | Deforestation | The Guardian

{Me: Yellow fever scourge while building Panama Canal (1903-1914) was caused by massive deforestation but link then was not recognized – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_measures_during_the_construction_of_the_Panama_Canal}