Outbreaks of diseases such as monkeypox are becoming more common, WHO warns


LONDON, June 1 (Reuters) – Outbreaks of endemic diseases such as monkey pox and Lassa fever are becoming more persistent and frequent, World Health Organization Emergency Director Mike Ryan.

A logo is pictured at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

As climate change contributes to rapidly changing weather patterns like drought, animals and humans are changing their foraging behavior. As a result, diseases that typically circulate in animals are increasingly spreading to humans, he said.

“Unfortunately, this ability to amplify this disease and move it within our communities is increasing – so the disease emergence and amplifying factors have increased.”

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Reporting by Natalie Grover in London; Twitter @NatalieGrover; Editing by Catherine Evans

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