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Change in the ecosystem leads to disease in humans

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7140.1261m (Published 25 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1261

Ecological changes, whether manmade or not, can lead to outbreaks of new diseases as people come into contact with previously unknown pathogens.

Dr David Molyneux, director of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, told the conference that manmade environmental changes make the edge of forests a dangerous place—emerging diseases, often harmless to their hosts, leap to humans and cause disease …

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