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Deforestation and Species Loss Open the Door for New Diseases

Deforestation and Species Loss Open the Door for New Diseases
(April 21, 2020) In a recent Mongabay piece,  'Why do deforestation and species loss open the door to new diseases?' Dr Luz Dary, veterinarian and coordinator of Health and Wildlife Trafficking for WCS-Colombia, highlights scientific evidence that shows a link between deforestation and land-use change and an increase in diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis or Chagas disease .

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WCS's Dr Walzer Testifies to Congress

WCS's Dr Walzer Testifies to Congress
(April 16, 2020) Yesterday Dr Chris Walzer, the Executive Director of WCS' Health Program, testified at a virtual congressional hearing entitled "Wildlife Trade, Origins of COVID-19 and Preventing Future Pandemics"  Dr Walzer reiterated:  "If this trade, and large commercial markets for wildlife for human consumption, continue unabated, then the risk of another #COVID19 like pandemic will remain high." You can watch the recorded hearing  here and read Dr Walzer's full testimony...

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We Need to Rethink Our Relationship with Wildlife and Wild Places

We Need to Rethink Our Relationship with Wildlife and Wild Places
(April 08, 2020) Just as we created the conditions that led to the current pandemic, we can create the conditions to minimize future risk. Says Dr Chris Walzer: "To Reduce The Likelihood Of Future Pandemics, We Need To Rethink Our Relationship With Wild Animals And Wild Places"  

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A Tiger at Bronx Zoo Tests Positive for COVID-19

A Tiger at Bronx Zoo Tests Positive for COVID-19
(April 06, 2020) Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo, has tested positive for COVID-19. She, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions had developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover.

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How Do We Prevent the Next Outbreak?

How Do We Prevent the Next Outbreak?
(April 02, 2020) As WCS' Chris Walzer and Nicholas Robinson write in this blog for Scientific American, the COVID-19 outbreak reminds us of a fundamental fact that cannot be ignored: Human, animal, plant and environmental health and well-being are all intrinsically connected and profoundly influenced by human activities. 

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