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July 07, 2020 - BBC

Coronavirus: Fear over rise in animal-to-human diseases

Coronavirus: Fear over rise in animal-to-human diseases
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Zoonotic diseases - which jump from animals to humans - are increasing and will continue to do so without action to protect wildlife and preserve the environment, UN experts have warned.

They blame the rise in diseases such as Covid-19 on high demand for animal protein, unsustainable agricultural practices and climate change. Neglected zoonotic diseases kill two million people a year, they say. Covid-19 is set to cost the global economy $9tn (£7.2tn) over two years.

Why are we catching more diseases from animals?

Ebola, West Nile virus and Sars are also all zoonotic diseases: they started in animals, and made the jump to humans.

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