A fire brigade member for the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, holds a dead anteater while attempting in a tract of the Amazon jungle near Apui, Amazonas State, Brazil. Photo: REUTERS file
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Next pandemic? Amazon deforestation may spark new diseases

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There is a connection between climate change, deforesting, and pandemics. Covid is not the end of it. expect more diseases and pandemics in the future unless we change the way we do things.

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There is a connection between climate change, deforesting, and pandemics.

Absolutely. Check out the spread of the flesh-eating parasite leishmaniasis (mentioned in the article) from the jungles of central and South America into the southern United States, as told vividly at the end of Douglas Preston's "The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story.".

Preston and many of his fellow team members picked up leishmaniasis in Honduras. It ain't pretty, and it's brought down civilizations.

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There is a connection between climate change, deforesting, and pandemics. Covid is not the end of it. expect more diseases and pandemics in the future unless we change the way we do things.

The worse is that there is no need for new diseases to appear, the old ones expanding their territory will be a bad enough crisis. In the last years many specialists have said that its very likely that a sudden huge epidemic of Yellow Fever could bring huge chaos to tropical and subtropical countries, even with a vaccine available the stocks are not enough to vaccinate the vast amount of people that are unvaccinated right now.

And Japan is not protected either, every year mosquitoes carrying epidemic viruses are found around the Narita and Haneda airports, if the climate changes enough for those few mosquitoes to survive the winter we would be looking to epidemics in Tokyo as seen on countries like Vietnam or The Philippines, only that much worse because for many viruses there is no vaccine available (Like Dengue or Chikungunya) and the population is completely unprotected because almost nobody has had the infection.

By now mosquitoes could survive the winter with as little as one degree higher average temperatures.

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virusrex- so what's the bad news? LOL

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