The World Health Organization warns of an outbreak of diseases such as monkeypox

LONDON (Reuters) – The World Health Organization’s emergency director warned Mike Ryan on Wednesday that outbreaks of endemic diseases such as monkeypox and Lassa fever were becoming more persistent and frequent.

A picture of a logo at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibous

As climate change contributes to rapidly changing climatic conditions such as drought, animals and humans change their foraging behavior. As a result, he said, diseases that normally circulate in animals are increasingly jumping to humans.

“Unfortunately, this ability to amplify and transmit this disease is increasing within our communities – so the emergence and amplification factors for disease have increased.”

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(Covering by Natalie Grover in London). Twitter @NatalieGrover; Editing by Catherine Evans

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