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Germs from the wild can fell humans. Without a care, a gung-ho India is going after its forests.

Scientific evidence is increasingly pointing out that deforestation is a leading cause of animal-to-human transmission of viruses, resulting in deadly diseases such as Covid-19. However, India continues to give clearances to a slew of projects involving large-scale encroachment and disturbance of forest land.
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An Indian volunteer feeds monkeys, in Jammu, India, during the lockdown to prevent the spread of new coronavirus. AP
An Indian volunteer feeds monkeys, in Jammu, India, during the lockdown to prevent the spread of new coronavirus.
The year was 2002; the place, Malaysian Borneo; and the disease, malaria. But it wasn’t like any malaria seen before. Soon, scientists figured out that the disease was not caused by Plasmodium malariae, the parasite that usually affects humans. Instead, this was Plasmodium knowlesi, which usually infects macaques. The disease, zoonotic malaria, which is potentially fatal
Prime, iconic primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall said our disrespect of the natural world has caused the current global disaster and if we do not heed the warning the next one is likely to be worse. The writing on the wall is clear: Dear humans, maintain a safe distance from the forests. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
The year was 2002; the place, Malaysian Borneo; and the disease, malaria. But it wasn’t like any malaria seen before. Soon, scientists figured out that the disease was not caused by Plasmodium malariae, the parasite that usually affects humans. Instead, this was Plasmodium knowlesi, which usually infects macaques. The disease, zoonotic malaria, which is potentially fatal Prime, iconic primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall said our disrespect of the natural world has caused the current global disaster and if we do not heed the warning the next one is likely to be worse. The writing on the wall is clear: Dear humans, maintain a safe distance from the forests. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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