The current COVID-19 virus health crisis is said to have been passed on by animals to humans. Suspected wildlife pinned for the spread of the pandemic include bats and pangolins – both considered delicacies in China where the virus first emerged. According to a recent study, diseases such as the new coronavirus could become more common as human activity destroys habitats and forces disease-carrying wild animals into ever-closer proximity with humans.
“Our data highlights how exploitation of wildlife and destruction of natural habitats in particular, underlie disease spill-over events, putting us at risk for emerging infectious diseases,” said Christine Johnson, from the University of California’s School of Veterinary Medicine, the lead author of the research.
The ASEAN Post Team