Climate Change and Infectious Diseases in North America: The Road Ahead
This journal article provides an overview of the expected nature and direction of infectious diseases in North America under a changing climate. Vector-borne, zoonotic (infectious diseases of animal origin that may be transmitted to humans), water and food-borne diseases, and diseases with environmental reservoirs (e.g., endemic fungal diseases) pose current and future challenges to health care providers and public health agencies. The authors predict that health consequences of climate change and changes in weather patterns and ecosystems will become increasingly more significant, with the most severe impacts in far northern regions (e.g., the Arctic). The report suggests that the best defense against escalating infectious disease burden related to climate change lies in strengthening existing public health infrastructure.
Table 2 provides a listing of organizations involved in activities related to climate change and infectious diseases, including key activities and URLs.
Publication Date: March 11, 2008
Authors or Affiliated Users:
- Amy Greer
- Victoria Ng
- David Fisman
- Canadian Medical Association
- Air temperature
- Extreme storms and hurricanes
- Precipitation changes