September 18, 2012

Malaria, Lymes, West Nile, Oh MY! Diseases on the rise in North America thanks to climate change

As our temperate climate warms, diseases that thrive in tropical climates are increasing in North America. Alternet has identified five such illness:

  1. Lyme's Disease

  2. West Nile Virus

  3. Malaria

  4. Ciguatera

  5. Naegleria fowleri

Just how are rising water-levels and steamier temperatures playing with the planet's pathogens? As the Environmental Protection Agency notes, disease-causing agents are passed on through food, water and animals such as "deer, birds, mice and insects." Climate change may be altering these transmitters, allowing certain diseases to proliferate as extreme changes in water, heat, air quality and more wreak havoc with the waters and animals that host some of our deadliest diseases.

It's really pretty scare stuff that will perhaps finally catch the attention of climate deniers when they fall prey to illness.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at September 18, 2012 3:12 AM

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