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Ehrlichia: New Tick Infection May Be Linked To Environmental Change

Overall, an estimated 75 percent of emerging human diseases, including HIV, SARS and West Nile, come from non-human animal populations. According to some experts, changes to the climate and to the landscape -- through deforestation and development -- are at least partially to blame.

"This [Ehrlichia species] is but one example of a continuing trend of infectious disease emergence that affects both humans as well as wildlife," Pieter Johnson, an ecologist at the University of Colorado at Boulder..."Overall, environmental change is playing a very large role in disease emergence."

The result, he said, is significant problems for human health,…

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