Climate Change May Be Helping Infectious Diseases Spread To New Places And Hosts

February 17, 2015 11:51 PM

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Infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola have constantly been a major threat to public health, and they're likely to become a bigger problem in the future. According to an opinion piece in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, infectious diseases are spreading to new places and new hosts--including humans--with the help of climate change.

Zoologists Daniel Brooks and Eric Hoberg have been researching parasitic infections in the tropics and the Canadian Arctic for the past 30 years. Over time, they've noticed that as climate change upsets habitats and displaces animal populations, the diseases that infect those animals easily jump to ...

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