Rodent-borne disease

Credit: Duncan Kimuyu
April 29, 2014
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Credit: Duncan Kimuyu

Smithsonian scientists found that when large wildlife, such as zebras, elephants and giraffes, decline on the African savanna, either due to a decreasing population or human made barriers like roads and fences, it can lead to a significant increase in rodents, which often carry disease-causing bacteria dangerous to humans. (Photo by Duncan Kimuyu)