Reducing deforestation and the exploitation of wildlife are the first steps in interrupt the chain of malady emergence
In late 2013, in the village of Meliandou in rural Guinea, a group of children playing near a hollow tree disturbed a small colony of bats hiding inside. Scientists is of the view that Emile Ouamouno, who later became the first tragic “index” case in the west African Ebola outbreak, was likely exposed to bat faeces while playing near the tree.
Every pandemic starts like this. An innocuous human activity, such as eating wildlife, can trigger an outbreak that should contribute to a pandemic. In the 1920 s, when HIV is thought to have emerged in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, scientists belief transmission to humen could have been caused by a bushmeat hunter cutting themselves while butchering a chimpanzee. In 2019, we can speculate that a person from south-west China entered a at-bat cave near their village to hunt wildlife for sale at the neighbourhood wet sell. Perhaps they later developed a nagging cough that represents the beginning of what we now know as Covid-1 9. Now, a developing human population, ever-encroaching development and a globalised system of traveling and trade have accelerated the pace of pandemic emergence. We’re entering a new pandemic era.
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