Degradation of rainforest, extreme weather events, and climate change affect the spread of mosquito borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and Zika, write Rachel Lowe and colleagues. Urgent action is needed The rapidly changing fate of the Amazon, an ecosystem we all depend on, has been highlighted by rampant wildfires, extreme droughts, and deforestation in recent years. For indigenous communities, land is sacred and typically is used for sustainable subsistence. But these communities are increasingly threatened by illegal mining, livestock, and monoculture practices.
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Citation: Lowe Rachel, Lee Sophie, Martins Lana Raquel , Torres Codeço Cláudia, Castro Marcia C, Pascual Mercedes et al. Emerging arboviruses in the urbanized Amazon rainforest BMJ 2020; 371 :m4385
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