Climate Change and the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases in the United States September 30, 2022

black-legged tick - click to read article

Regina LaRocque, MD, MPH, et. al. | Clinical Infectious Diseases

The earth is rapidly warming, driven by increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide and other gases that result primarily from fossil fuel combustion. In addition to causing arctic ice melting and extreme weather events, climatologic factors are linked strongly to the transmission of many infectious diseases. Changes in the prevalence of infectious diseases not only reflect the impacts of temperature, humidity, and other weather-related phenomena on pathogens, vectors, and animal hosts but are also part of a complex of social and environmental factors that will be affected by climate change, including land use, migration, and vector control. Vector- and waterborne diseases and coccidioidomycosis are all likely to be affected by a warming planet; there is also potential for climate-driven impacts on emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Additional resources for surveillance and public health activities are urgently needed, as well as systematic education of clinicians on the health impacts of climate change.

More Campaign Update

PFAS: Toxic Chemicals To Understand & Avoid

PFAS chemicals seem to be everywhere these days: at the top of Mount Everest, in umbilical cord blood, in breast milk, and in the news. In...

The PSR 2022 Virtual Gala Is a Success!

On November 15, PSR held our virtual annual gala, featuring guest speaker Anna Ikeda of Soka Gakkai International and a special Q and A with...

First stop on the #DemandAccess tour + more campaign updates!

Pictured from left to right: Annie Cheney, Jasmine Owens and Aude Bouagnon. Annie and Aude are members of the #DemandAccess Steering Committee; Jasmine is Associate...