This fascinating article – The Ecology of Disease – from The New York Times examines the relationship between the environment and infectious disease. Disease is largely an environmental issue. Many emerging infectious disease that affect humans originate in animals and other wildlife.
Experts say that increasing human impact on the environment and human encroachment into formally untouched habitat is increasing the instances of these infectious diseases in human populations. Deforestation, for example, can drive the transmission of malaria from certain species of mosquitoes to humans.
To read “The Ecology of Disease” by Jim Robbins, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/sunday-review/the-ecology-of-disease.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&smid=pl-share