We are entering an era of pandemics – it will only end when we protect the rainforest
In late 2013, in the village of Meliandou in rural Guinea, a group of children playing near a hollow tree disturbed a small colony of bats hiding inside. Scientists think that Emile Ouamouno, who later became the first tragic “index” case in the west African Ebola outbreak, was likely exposed to bat faeces while playing near the tree.
Speaking of animals, COVID-19 is believed to have passed to humans from animals. Here Peter Daszak writes about what can be done to fight the emergence of diseases.