Heads up, America: Animal-borne diseases are closer than you think.

Environmental disruptions don’t just cause zoonotic diseases to emerge in Africa or Asia. The same thing is happening in the USA.

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Natural resources agencies in some states test harvested deer in an attempt to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease. Photo courtesy of MN DNR
Capable of infecting hundreds of species, West Nile virus spreads readily between domestic and wild birds. Photo © iStockphoto.com | Tatiana Terekhina
Blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, are notorious for transmitting the bacterium that causes Lyme disease from animals to humans. Photos © iStockphoto.com | Kerrick
Wooded residential areas like this one in Old Lyme, Connecticut, create patchworks of habitat in which ticks that carry Lyme disease flourish. Photo courtesy of Pi.1415926535 from Wikimedia, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
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