Zika virus has spread far and wide as a result of human mismanagement of the environment. Trash build-up, dam building, deforestation and global warming each contribute to the spread of Zika and other insect-borne diseases around the world.
Letting in Lyme Disease Lack of Biodiversity in Fragmented Forests Leads to Increased Spread of Lyme Disease
Forest fragmentation—when forests are cut down in such a way that only small parcels are left intact—leads to a higher incidence of Lyme disease according to a study published in the journal Conservation Biology. The white-footed mouse is one of the prime carriers of Lyme disease. These mice are most often found in small forested […]
Lessons from Swine Flu The Once-Looming Public Health Threat Has Receded...But We're Still Understanding Our Role in Such Outbreaks
The scare surrounding the H1N1 “swine flu” virus is mostly gone, but the circumstances that led to the pandemic are more worrisome than ever.