Dr Mariëlle Stel – Janina Eggers – Dr Wladimir Alonso | Promoting a Plant-based Transition to Reduce Zoonotic Diseases

May 8, 2024 | biology, health and medicine

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Zoonotic diseases are infections that are transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa. For example, COVID-19 has been designated as a zoonotic disease. In fact, three-quarters of all new infectious human diseases originate in animals, making zoonotic diseases a major threat to public health. The rapid rise in intensive farming over the past 50 years has significantly increased the risk of zoonosis. For instance, the world’s chicken population has almost tripled since 1990, with most of these birds being farmed indoors in crowded conditions. Not only are these conditions stressful for the animals, but poultry farming is responsible for hundreds of human deaths caused by bird flu. Read More

Original Article Reference

Summary of the paper ‘Mitigating Zoonotic Risks in Intensive Farming: Solutions for a Sustainable Change,’ in EcoHealth, doi.org/10.1007/s10393-022-01605-8


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