Habitat loss and human health - understanding the links between ecosystem degradation and infectious disease outbreaks

10 November 2020, 18:00 - 19:30

As people around the world increasingly disturb natural habitats and convert them to agricultural and urban areas, the way that local communities interact with the animal species around them also changes. These processes can potentially drive greater contact between people and animals carrying viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens that can also infect people (e.g. Ebola, Plague, Monkey malaria , SARS-COV-2). Recent findings have shown that the large-scale and ongoing degradation of natural landscapes causes an increase in the number of host species that people can come into contact with and, in some instances, there is evidence that the number of disease cases increases as biodiversity is lost. Here, we examine the latest research in this area and show that there is a strong need to carefully manage future landscape change across the world, to protect biodiversity, and by doing so potentially limit human exposure to dangerous pathogens.

Speakers:

  • Dr David Redding, Zoological Society of London and University College London: "How habitat loss impacts human disease risk"
  • Dr Rory Gibb, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: "The effects of land use change on zoonotic host diversity"
  • Dr Christina Faust, Pennsylvania State University: "Land-use change and disease outbreaks"
  • Dr Kimberly Fornace, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: "Zoonotic malaria and deforestation"

 

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  • This event was facilitated and coordinated by Charlotte Coales, Tendai Pottinger and Eleanor Darbey.

 

ZSL Wild Science Podcast

We will be creating a fascinating podcast episode featuring some of the speakers from this event, so keep an ear out in the following months! Listen to previous episodes from our award winning ZSL Wild Science podcast episodes produced by Dr Monika Bohm and Eleanor Darbey here

 

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