Study Connects Climate Hazards to 58% of Infectious Diseases

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Climate Hazards to 58% of Infectious Diseases

Climate hazards such as flooding, heat waves and drought have worsened more than half of the hundreds of known infectious diseases in people, including malaria, hantavirus, cholera and anthrax, a study says.

To examine how many conditions they could link to climate hazards in some manner, including infectious diseases, the researchers widened their search to look at all types of human ailments, including non-infectious disorders like asthma, allergies, and even animal bites. The study discovered a total of 286 distinct illnesses, of which 223 appeared to be made worse by climate risks, nine were made less severe by climate hazards, and 54 had cases of both aggravation and diminution.

What Researchers Says:

Researchers looked through the medical literature of established cases of illnesses and found that 218 out of the known 375 human infectious diseases, or 58%, seemed to be made worse by one of 10 types of extreme weather connected to climate change, according to a study in Monday’s journal Nature Climate Change.

Climate Changes is a Reason of Health Issues

The study mapped out 1,006 pathways from the climate hazards to sick people. In some cases, downpours and flooding sicken people through disease-carrying mosquitos, rats and deer. There are warming oceans and heat waves that taint seafood and other things we eat and droughts that bring bats carrying viral infections to people.

Consequences of Climate Change

“The findings of this study are terrifying and illustrate well the enormous consequences of climate change on human pathogens,”. Those of us in infectious diseases and microbiology need to make climate change one of our priorities, and we need to all work together to prevent what will be without doubt a catastrophe as a result of climate change.

“This study underscores how climate change may load the dice to favor unwelcome infectious surprises,”. “But of course it only reports on what we already know and what’s yet unknown about pathogens may be yet more compelling about how preventing further climate change may prevent future disasters.

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