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Editorial

When animals fall ill

From the Bluetongue virus to Rift Valley Fever, a number of diseases can devastate animals around the world. For instance, the avian epidemic psittacosis threatens the very existence of the Cape Parrot in South Africa with just over 1,000 birds surviving in the wild. Reporter Cornelia Borrmann takes a closer look at the gold-green feathered creature in her video report and focuses on the people trying to save the bird. In our background article, Rachel Stern reports about fever-causing viruses that pose a serious threat to livestock, the close link between animal diseases and climate change and how that in turn can impact human health.

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