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Sustainability and disease, epidemics and control

Organisms that cause diseases, better known as pathogens, have evolved along with the organisms that host them, in a never ending race between adaptation and resistance. This competition or co-evolution has been altered by us humans, as we have changed the natural conditions in which this relationship has been developed. Among the causes of disease, outbreaks and their dispersion are: overcrowding, the disruption of the environment (like deforestation or watershed alteration), production and accumulation of pollutants, artificial selection of plants and animals, the misuse of pesticides and antibiotics, introduction of exotic plants or animals and other practices.... Read more