06 Aug '12, 12pm

Seven climate change diseases to ruin your Monday

Seven climate change diseases to ruin your Monday

Seven climate-change diseases to ruin your Monday By James West West Nile virus is already in the U.S., and more once-subtropical diseases could be on their way. From the known and treatable (Lyme Disease) to the unpronounceable and potentially deadly (Cryptococcus gattii ), climate change is giving nasty diseases a leg up, clearing their way onwards to the U.S. Increased rainfall, warmer temperatures, dying reefs, and hotter oceans are handing diseases that afflict humans — algal, fungal, mosquito-borne, tick-borne — a chance to spread, meaning diseases previously unheard in the U.S. of are now emerging. George Luber, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says the deadly fungal infection C. gattii , once considered limited to places like Papua New Guinea and Australia, “popped out of nowhere” when it first moved to Vancouver Island aro...

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