Environmental Changes May Lead to Emergence of New Infectious Diseases

Scientists from institutions in France, Germany, and the United States recently presented a new model of infectious disease dynamics that takes into account the role of the microbiome. They suggest that environmental changes may destabilize this model and lead to the development of new infectious diseases due to changes in the microbiome of animals.Environmental Changes May Lead to Emergence of New Infectious Diseases

The study has shown that microbial communities, consisting of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, play a significant role in the health of ecosystems, wildlife, and people.

Study leader Dr. Adeline Loyau of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Germany, explains: “We are now only gradually beginning to understand their role in health prophylaxis and how they interact, for example, with the environmental microbiome, pathogens, and the host.”

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