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Land Use That Spreads Disease

Could your cozy wooded backyard be a breeding ground for the next plague? Environmental health experts argue that ecosystem disruption speeds the spread of infectious diseases.
August 3, 2004, 9am PDT | Deborah Myerson
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Urban sprawl and many current practices in construction, irrigation systems, mining, and large farming operations pose major public health risks. Whether it's the pollution of surface waters from the tons of wastes produced by livestock crowded in corporate mega-farms, or residential subdivisions infringing on the forests, experts warn that the environment plays a critical role in transmission of germs.

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Published on Monday, August 2, 2004 in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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