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Did Deforestation Cause Ebola? | TakePart


Health & Wellness  (tags: Ebola, disease, government, deforestation )

JeanisAWA
- 1730 days ago - takepart.com
While Ebola continues to ravage Liberia and Sierra Leone, an old debate has returned over how best to discourage future transmissions in areas like the one from which the virus emerged.



   

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Animae C (508)
Thursday October 23, 2014, 5:58 am
Thank you for supporting children!
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Thanx Jean
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 23, 2014, 6:44 am
makes sense! trees take away pollution, that's why they plant trees along roads, trees probably take away virus and bacteria too :)
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 23, 2014, 7:08 am
Ebola has present for decades ~ that we know of. Ebola causes Ebola.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 23, 2014, 8:22 am
That plys eating endangered bushmeat--these cultures i simply will never comprehend. Thx Jean
 

. (0)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 7:27 am
It is as I said before. The increased connectivity and the reduction of natural habitat to accommodate the expanded highway system throughout Africa in all directions opens up the exposure level to these diseases. Viruses also adapt. We saw the same thing with HIV/AIDS back in the 70s as the highway system opened up the Congo and the surrounding countries. It was only a matter of time before viruses such as Zaire, Ebola and Mayinga made the jump. With HIV/AIDS it was the increased exposure to prostitution and drug use that lead to its spread. With Ebola it is the exposure to infected people and contact with bodily fluids. Fortunately Ebola and its cousins aren't airborne.
 

Suzanne L (89)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 10:05 pm
Thank you Jean. I think we are all trying to understand this horrible virus better. From the reading I've done lately it is the saliva of fruit bats on fruit that people and animals consume that is a prime means of transmission. There would be a negative correlation between outbreaks of ebola in humans and development as once trees are downed the bats must go elsewhere. However, with the development of transportation systems, the threat of ebola spreading over larger geographic areas is heightened.
 
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