Climate Change Triggers More Deadly Diseases

Monday, October 19, 2009
at 1:48 AM

BARCELONA- The emergence of the disease several times more lethal and more spread around the world, ranging from avian flu to yellow fever, probably the result of climate change. Thus was launched the latest conclusions Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), environmental organization based in the Bronx Zoo, the United States.
It is urgent to do better monitoring of wildlife health as an early warning information in the event of changes in the spread of pest and disease patterns in line with global warming. WCS has registered a disease that many times more deadly than the first time unknown, such as avian flu, which is transmitted babesia lice, cholera, ebola, parasites, plague, infectious diseases, outbreaks of algae, Rift Valley fever, sleeping disorders, tuberculosis, and yellow fever.

"The term climate change evoke memories of the layer of melting ice and rising sea levels that threaten the state and major city on the coast, but equally important is how the temperature rise and rise and fall of the rain will change the distribution of dangerous pathogens," said Steven Sanderson, head of WCS.According to him, monitoring wildlife health will help scientists predict where the source of the disease appear and plan how to prepare yourself.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which is under United Nations (UN) said that greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from fossil fuel use by humans, increasing temperatures and will disrupt rainfall patterns. Climate change also impacts ranging from heatwaves to melting glaciers.
"For thousands of years people have known the relationship between health and climate," said William Karesh of the WCS when Congress International Union for Conservation of Nature in Barcelona, Spain. He said the report was not a final list, but only a picture of the range of infectious diseases that may threaten humans and animals in the future if global warming can not be suppressed.


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