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Climate Change, Bats and COVID-19

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Climate Change, Bats and COVID-19
(February 17, 2021) "We’re altering environments in ways we don’t really understand or appreciate until we have an event like the COVID-19 pandemic that makes us reassess our relationship with nature." WCS Health Programs' Sarah Olson spoke with The Scientist: Are Climate-Driven Shifts in Bat Diversity to Blame for COVID-19?Image:  © ISTOCK, VONKARA1 

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One Health for School Students

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One Health for School Students
(February 17, 2021) The WCS Education team recently created a Field Sight story with the WCS Health Program exploring the One World-One Health initiative, engaging students in how diseases spread in wild populations and from wildlife to humans, thinking about how we are interconnected with nature even in urban environments, and considering actions we can take at home to make a difference in global health. The curriculum even includes a "Spillover" game for students to understand how healthy intact ecosystems c...

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One World, One Health Winter Newsletter: Protect Wildlife, Protect Us

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One World, One Health Winter Newsletter: Protect Wildlife, Protect Us
(January 05, 2021) Zoonotic diseases occur when harmful germs, like viruses and bacteria, are spread from animals to people, causing illness that can range from mild to deadly. Commercial wildlife markets, at which wildlife are often sold freshly slaughtered, present a major risk for the development and spread of zoonotic diseases. Animal consumption-based food systems have been implicated in the emergence of zoonoses (including HIV, SARS, Ebola virus disease, avian influenza), and mounting evidence indicates subs...

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Preventing the Next Pandemic

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Preventing the Next Pandemic
(January 05, 2021) If we continue the unabated incursion of humans on natural ecosystems, emerging infectious disease experts agree that it is a matter of when, not if, the next pandemic arises. What they fear most is that the next pathogen that spills over from wildlife to humans will cause a disease even more fatal, but with the same ease of asymptomatic human-to-human transmission as SARS-CoV-2. To make the drastic changes needed to avert the next pandemic, a multi-disciplinary One Health approach is essential ...

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To Prevent Pandemics We Must Prioritize Biodiversity

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To Prevent Pandemics We Must Prioritize Biodiversity
(December 15, 2020) WCS' Sue Lieberman and Chris Walzer write for Undark: "Planetary neglect and mismanagement helped pave the way for the Covid-19 pandemic. Our disruption of natural ecosystems has led to escalating health crises, including an increase in zoonotic diseases that arise when pathogens pass between animals and humans. There is no excuse for humanity to have allowed this to happen, and even less excuse for us to allow it to happen again. To prevent the next pandemic, and to address today’s m...

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