Zoonosis emergence linked to agricultural intensification and environmental change

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Author(s)

  • Bryony A. Jones
  • Delia Grace
  • Richard Kock
  • Silvia Alonso
  • Jonathan Rushton
  • Mohammed Y. Said
  • Declan McKeever
  • Florence Mutua
  • Jarrah Young
  • John McDermott

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8399-8404
Journal / PublicationProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume110
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2013
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

A systematic review was conducted by a multidisciplinary team to analyze qualitatively best available scientific evidence on the effect of agricultural intensification and environmental changes on the risk of zoonoses for which there are epidemiological interactions between wildlife and livestock. The study found several examples in which agricultural intensification and/or environmental change were associated with an increased risk of zoonotic disease emergence, driven by the impact of an expanding human population and changing human behavior on the environment. We conclude that the rate of future zoonotic disease emergence or reemergence will be closely linked to the evolution of the agriculture-environment nexus. However, available research inadequately addresses the complexity and interrelatedness of environmental, biological, economic, and social dimensions of zoonotic pathogen emergence, which significantly limits our ability to predict, prevent, and respond to zoonotic disease emergence.

Research Area(s)

  • Ecology, Ecosystem, Epidemiology, Health

Citation Format(s)

Zoonosis emergence linked to agricultural intensification and environmental change. / Jones, Bryony A.; Grace, Delia; Kock, Richard; Alonso, Silvia; Rushton, Jonathan; Said, Mohammed Y.; McKeever, Declan; Mutua, Florence; Young, Jarrah; McDermott, John; Pfeiffer, Dirk Udo.

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 110, No. 21, 21.05.2013, p. 8399-8404.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review