Land use changes may spark re-emergence of plague

February 23, 2015 10:07 PM

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The conversion of natural lands to croplands for the production of maize in East Africa may have set the stage for a significant increase of human infections with plague, according to a study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

“We found that increases in maize production in natural areas appears to create a perfect storm for plague transmission,” study researcher Hillary S. Young, PhD, a community ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, said in a press release. “The presence of the crop as a food source ...

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