Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Proof that climate change affect diseases/pathogens

Up to now, scientists have been saying that climate change will spread disease but the breadth of the problem wasn't well-known. Here's a Big Data study that explores how it will affect diseases in Europe but the results are applicable to the US. In a nutshell,

"The impact of climate change on the emergence and spread of infectious diseases could be greater than previously thought, according to new research by the University’s Institute of Infection and Global Health."
Diseases spread by insects and ticks (vector-borne diseases) were found to be the most climate sensitive, followed by those transmitted in soil, water and food. The diseases with the largest number of different climate drivers were Vibrio cholerae(cause of cholera), Fasciola hepatica (cause of liver fluke), Bacillus anthracis (cause of anthrax) and Borrelia burgdorferi (cause of tick-borne Lyme disease).
 Climate change risk to Europe’s most dangerous pathogens revealed - Biotech in Asia

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