Study: Green infrastructure can spread disease when poorly planned

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Green infrastructure designs that fail to consider the effects of the installation’s placement or the types of wildlife it may attract can increase risks of spreading serious diseases, according to research published in the journal, Ecology and Epidemiology.

“There seems to be a prevailing assumption among the general public that everything that is nature – that is part of wilderness – is good and safe,” said Mare Lõhmus, professor of environmental medicine at Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden) and co-author of the study, in a release. “Little thought is given to what can go wrong.”

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