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Long-distance Migration May Help Reduce Infectious Disease Risks for Many Animal Species

January 20, 2011

biology graphic It's a common assumption that animal migration, like human travel across the globe, can transport pathogens long distances, in some cases increasing disease risks to humans. In a paper just published in the journal Science, researchers at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology report that in some cases, animal migrations could actually help reduce the spread and prevalence of disease and may even promote the evolution of less-virulent disease strains. Full Story

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