Former Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Ron Glanville, warns of the increased likelihood of increased disease due to climate change. As example, he reminds us of the immediate disease concern with the novel coronavirus Covid-19, which was once only found in wild animals is now a human pandemic. Hendra virus is another example of an animal virus infecting horses but now spreading to people in Queensland. Others are AIDS,SARS,MERS and Nipah virus. Increased spread of parasites and other disease agents amongst animals, like screworm fly and cattle tick, is also likely due to climate change.
This article appeared as an Op-Ed in The Courier Mail