The Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Africa Program has identified key, multi-sectoral steps needed to decrease the risk of future wildlife disease spillovers to humans and to prevent their spread through secondary transmission from person to person. Such actions include substantially expanding already successful wildlife disease surveillance and public health awareness efforts in rural areas, and ending urban bushmeat consumption which threatens the food security and food sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.
Read more in this opinion piece from the WCS Central Africa Program write for CNN:
In Africa, Wildlife Raises the Risk of Deadly Diseases. It Doesn't Have To.
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