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'Like Poking a Beehive': The Worrisome Link Between Deforestation And Disease

Scientists say accelerating deforestation and development may increase the risk of pandemic diseases. The current economic crisis may also make that trend worse if more people cut down trees for fuel.

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Corrected: July 19, 2020 at 10:00 PM MDT
An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that the 2013 Ebola outbreak likely started when a boy played near a tree filled with fruit bats. Scientists believe the tree was actually infested with insectivorous bats.
Nathan Rott is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where he focuses on environment issues and the American West.