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April 08, 2020 - Newsweek

Risk of Virus Spillover From Animals to Humans Increases Through Wildlife Exploitation and Domestication

Risk of Virus Spillover From Animals to Humans Increases Through Wildlife Exploitation and Domestication
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Animal domestication and human exploitation of wildlife—via hunting, trade, habitat degradation and urbanization—is increasing the risk of animal viruses being transmitted to humans, a team of scientists has said.

According to the research published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the processes leading to declines in wildlife populations are also facilitating the transmission of animal viruses to humans. This process is known as "virus spillover"—as occurred with the novel coronavirus that has recently swept across the globe.

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