posted on Aug, 2 2007 @ 09:26 PM
Not just Asia , everywhere now , in history this is what near all disease came from just more animals more people more risks of mutation ..
Zoonotic Diseases .. from animal to animal to human .. then mutates human to human ..
Increasing overpopulation in rural areas is leading to more humans living in closer proximity to livestock and to each other. This proximity can cause
problems when diseases occur, creating increased opportunities for transfer from animals to humans and from human to human.
Zoonotic diseases, those that can transfer from animals to humans, are becoming more prevalent due to this proximity. Both livestock and domesticated
animals can carry such diseases. Cattle, pigs and poultry, all kept for food and income, along with domesticated cats and dogs are carriers.
There are two risks involved to humans from transfer of zoonotic diseases:
direct transfer from these animals to their human handlers, and
human to human resulting from a zoonotic disease infection that has mutated.
Two zoonotic diseases have been the subject of widespread outbreaks, Avian Influenza (bird flu) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Outbreaks of bird flu amongst poultry have been confirmed in Cambodia, China including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Pakistan, South Korea,
Thailand and Vietnam. Bird flu was recognised as a pandemic in poultry 18 months ago in Southeast Asia and North Asia and has since moved into Cental
Asia and Russia. (See www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol11no10/05-0644.htm for more information