Zoonotic Diseases

What zoonotic diseases are, and how to stop them

A good article on an important topic except although it told readers what zoonotic diseases are it didn’t tell us how to stop them. Disease surveillance in other animals in addition to humans is great, but what we really need to focus on is keeping humans away from animals. This could be done by working harder to protect the world’s remaining forests. For example, by not consuming palm oil or purchasing wood unless you know where it came. If you are unable to confirm where something came from or how it got to you then always assume the worst.

Second we can advocate to end the pet trade whether it’s with domesticated or wild animals by persuading people to opt for human friends rather than some animal they can dominate and won’t call them out for being wrong and challenge them to better themselves. Finally if we really want to stop or at least slow the emergence of new and potentially devastating diseases making the leap from animals to humans we can stop eating animals starting with the ones most likely to cause us problems, e.g. those which are raised on a diet of antibiotics and genetically engineered feed in filthy factory farms.