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April 04, 2020 - The Nation - Thailand

Next pandemic is already coming unless humans change how we interact with wildlife, scientists say

Next pandemic is already coming unless humans change how we interact with wildlife, scientists say
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The new coronavirus, which has traversed the globe to infect more than one million people, began like so many pandemics and outbreaks before: inside an animal.

The virus's original host was almost certainly a bat, as was the case with Ebola, SARS, MERS and lesser-known viruses such as Nipah and Marburg. HIV migrated to humans more than a century ago from a chimpanzee. Influenza A has jumped from wild birds to pigs to people. Rodents spread Lassa fever in West Africa. But the problem is not the animals, according to scientists who study the zoonotic diseases that pass between animals and humans. It's us.

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