Ecosystem changes caused by agricultural choices in Brazil are creating a dangerous microbe mix in exploding populations of vampire bats and feral pigs.

Even as human-influenced climate warming is tipping the tables on ecosystems around the world, choices made by landowners in the Americas, from Mexico to Argentina, are setting the stage for emergence of diseases dangerous to humans and animals. These changes are bringing together two species notorious for spreading disease: bats and pigs.

Vampire bats, because they feed only on blood, give all other bats a bad name. Of about 1,200 bat… more

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