“The clash of human and animal interests may create friction when wild species from the peri-urban hinterland are attracted to feeding or nesting opportunities in the ever-expanding suburbs.”
– From Animal cities – Beastly urban histories by Peter Atkins
Microbial transfer has been around on this planet since time immemorial, contributing to the emergence of numerous renowned plagues, epidemics and pandemics. Today almost 60 – 80% of the documented infections affecting man are of zoonotic or animal origin, and this is slowly turning into a predominant cause of concern. Studies have identified the causal zoonotic drivers to be linked with factors such as habitat fragmentation, biodiversity loss, agriculture etc.
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