The study also included settlements where human-animal interaction is most common, and locations with agriculture and livestock production.
Examining the natural habitats of bats and the areas where these regions intersect, the researchers identified points that could be the new centers of diseases that are likely to infect other living things, especially humans.
University of California Berkeley Environmental Science researcher Prof. Paolo D’Odorico stated that the effects of changes in land use should be carefully evaluated in terms of both the environment and human health in terms of diseases that can be transmitted from animals.
Underlining that intensive livestock production is particularly worrying, the scientists noted that the coexistence of large populations of genetically similar and often immunocompromised animals that are vulnerable to epidemics pose great risks.
D’Odorico stated that even though it is not possible to trace the direct transmission of the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) from wildlife to humans, changes in land use are known to be linked to the presence of these bats.
Kovid-19 was first seen in the food market in Wuhan
The disease was first seen in people visiting the seafood food market in Wuhan, and the first patient applied to the hospital on 17 November with the complaint of “respiratory disease”, the cause of which cannot be understood.
It was understood that the disease that causes lung inflammation is caused by a previously unknown type of coronavirus, which is thought to be a mutated version of a beta coronavirus found in bats.