Increasing threat of Zoonoses Outbreaks

Increasing threat of Zoonoses Outbreaks

Constant harm to biodiversity will expose humans to wildlife, increasing the risks of outbreaks of zoonotic diseases. A 2016 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report states that biodiversity loss could expand zoonoses. Zoonoses are diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans, and the virus that wreaked havoc on earth and caused the COVID-19 pandemic is also zoonotic. Keeping biodiversity intact maintains regular checks and balances in nature that helps in containing the spread of such viruses. The UN website notes that current negative trends in biodiversity and ecosystems will hinder progress toward meeting 80% of the assessed targets for the eight Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). This denotes that biodiversity is not only vital for the health of the planet but also to achieve the SDGs. However, the loss of biodiversity has even greater consequences which must be avoided at all costs

 

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