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This has increased the likelihood that animals pass their pathogens to humans, which can make us ill. This is what happened with COVID-19
Bats, rodents, and other animals are often reservoirs for zoonotic diseases, meaning they carry pathogens that can be dangerous for humans
But these animals play important roles in our ecosystems; bats, for example, control pests and also serve important pollination functions
Humans have encroached on animal habitats, increasing our contact with wild animals and their pathogens
Living in a growing and increasingly-connected world, there is a greater risk that these viruses will spread quickly throughout the globe and cause a pandemic
Bio154 Extra CreditBy: Nick De La Cruz
We need greater protections of our environment, as well as greater investments in public health infrastructure in order to deal with the more fluid animal-human interface
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