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EcoHealth Alliance and Bat Conservation International forge partnership to work on global bat conservation and public health issues
Date:1/2/2014

ance continues to generate an increasing amount of scientific evidence that viruses from wildlife spillover into human populations due to human activities such as intensive agricultural expansion, wildlife trade and land-use changes to the natural environment.

Bat Conservation International has, since 1982, combined science, education and conservation action to protect bats worldwide. A key part of that effort uses scientific knowledge to correct the harmful myths and misinformation that have plagued bats for centuries. Public education becomes especially critical amid growing concerns about bats and human health.

The best way to prevent the emergence of bat-borne pathogens is to improve human understanding of bat ecology and change the way bat habitats are impacted. EcoHealth Alliance has expanded its efforts to study the ecology of bat-borne viruses globally, collaborating with local scientists throughout the world to study viruses that threaten public health. The partnership with Bat Conservation International will provide a strategic alliance in the mission to protect bat species and leverage a greater outreach to educate both policy makers and individuals about the important ecosystem services provided by bats.


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Contact: Anthony Ramos
ramos@ecohealthalliance.org
212-380-4469
EcoHealth Alliance
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