Ebola, AIDS, COVID-19 – when diseases spread from animals to humans

Ebola, AIDS, COVID-19 - when diseases spread from animals to humans

Devastating diseases like Ebola, AIDS or currently COVID-19 have something in common: their pathogens are spread from animals to humans. These zoonoses are among the greatest threats to mankind. The role played by factory farming, climate change and species extinction.

by Andrew Weber

The face of a 40-year-old woman on a hospital bed looks small and delicate, pale despite the sun that a few weeks of trekking holidays in East Africa have given her skin. The Dutch woman had returned to the city of Bakel a few days back.

He had crossed Uganda and visited Python Cave in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Accompanied by a guide, she had descended into a dark abyss at the bottom of a cliff, where thousands of fruit bats of the species Russetus aegyptiacus buzzed around the invaders’ nests: an exotic experience, up close and personal to Africa’s most remote nature.

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