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Module 5 Current Event SCI-120 April 9, 2020 How Forest Loss Leads to Spread of Diseases "At the end of the day, land conservation and the reduction of forest fragmentation is our best bet to reduce human-wild animal interactions." For Current Event’s this week, I decided to check out this article about how the loss of forested habitat increases the likelihood of interactions between disease-carrying wild animals and humans. It is predicted that as humans continue to transform natural habitats into agricultural land, that it will become a common occurrence to receive new diseases such as, COVID-19. That is mainly due to the fact that viruses jump from animals to people. As people venture into forested areas for resources and when animals venture out of their habitats to raid crops, the chances increase from transmission of zoonotic, which is animal-to-human disease. An example of a zoonotic would be HIV, which came from a bite from a wild primate, as the primate inflicted infectious bodily fluids.

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