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Climate change and the distribution and intensity of infectious disease

 

Richard Ostfeld's fully referenced forum letter in Ecology outlines the complex relationship of climate change and the spread of  infectious diseases.

In it he writes, "Clear effects of climate change have now been established for several human infectious diseases, including malaria, cutaneous leishmaniasis , cholera, plague , and dengue, as well as for livestock, wildlife, and coral diseases. The complexities of these systems pose enormous challenges for the detection of climate effects, and for the isolation and integration of climatic and non-climatic effects."

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May 29, 2008