Zoonoses: From animals to humans
Zoonoses are infections or infectious diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites and other organisms that can transfer from animals to humans. Zoonoses are transmitted through a variety of pathways, including direct contact between animals and humans, insect bites, ingesting food and water contaminated with parasites and through the air. A rapidly warming Arctic may cause animal hosts or insect vectors to expand north into previously inhospitable terrain. This will bring them and their pathogens into contact with human populations in the Arctic. The potential spread of climate-sensitive infectious diseases in Arctic ecosystems and societies needs further research. Early warning systems and preventive measures also need to be implemented.
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