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impacts of deforestation on the birds, mosquitoes, and disease transmission in Cameroon


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#1 Ellen Paul

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 10:54 AM

Tracking diseases in the rainforests of Cameroon

 

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Ornithologist Ravinder Seghal's research on the impacts of deforestation on the birds, mosquitoes, and disease transmission in Cameroon...

 

"It is the science that drives us. The destruction of the forest in this part of Cameroon is unparalleled. We were all shaken when we saw the clear-cutting before our eyes. Just a few kilometers from where we were trapped by the river, the forest is entirely gone. It’s happening quickly. The road to this region has been paved now, so they can take out the trees faster than ever. We are studying how large-scale deforestation affects disease transmission. What happens to the mosquitoes, and the birds, and their diseases? Will another disease emerge from the rainforest, as did Ebola, or HIV? How do patterns of malaria change? Will the destruction facilitate the spread of the dangerous mosquitoes that feed on humans?" 






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