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Science Bulletins: Biodiversity Boosts Human Health

Hantavirus is an infectious pathogen carried by rodents and occasionally passed to humans, where it can be deadly. A new study led by researchers from the University of New Mexico demonstrates that when rodent biodiversity decreases in Panamanian forests, the risk of hantavirus transmission in these ecosystems increase. Since deforestation can reduce species diversity, the findings have implications for people who live at the fringes of fragmented woodlands.
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