Infectious Parasites and viruses spreading rapidly due to climate change

February 18, 2015 7:54 PM

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Climatic changes have been causing invasive species to spread rapidly, seeking new hosts in search of a favorable climate for themselves. A recent study shows that the threat of infectious viruses, like the West Nile virus or Ebola is increasing as the temperatures of the water, and land continues to rise. Scientists have studied the patterns of spread of new pathogens from one host to other both in the tropical, and the Arctic areas. The results prove that the threat is increasing in proportion to the change of climate.

The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B has published an article recently that produces the work of two researchers. They are the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Daniel Brooks and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service’s zoologist, Eric Hoberg. While Brooks is engaged with the Unive...

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