Climate change will increase spread of infectious diseases

February 18, 2015 4:33 PM

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The terrible effects of climate change on the environment are well documented. Now infectious diseases can be added to the list of things that climate change will make worse if it continues unabated. Look no further than the spread of Ebola to West Africa and the emergence of West Nile virus, say zoologists Daniel Brooks and Eric Hoberg.

Based on their research in the tropics and the arctic, respectively, the two found that uncovered the surprising fact that parasites are making the jump from one animal to the next, something that was previously thought to be impossible. That and the physical movement of animals due to changing envi...

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