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Climate Change and Infectious Diseases in Europe.

Concerted action is needed to address public health issues raised by climate change. The review discusses infections acquired through various routes (arthropod vector, rodent, water, food, and air) in view of a changing climate in Europe. It presents an assessment of how infectious disease challenges: incidence, prevalence, and distribution are projected to shift in a changing environment. Due to the high level of uncertainty on the rate of climate change and its impact on infectious diseases, a proactive public health response is proposed by building an integrated network for environmental and epidemiological data. This network would have the capacity to connect epidemic intelligence and infectious disease surveillance with meteorological, entomological, water quality, remote sensing, and other data, for multivariate analyses and predictions. Insights from these analyses could then guide adaptation strategies and protect population health from impending threats related to climate change. Lancet Infect Dis. 2009;9:365-75.

Author: Semenza J, Menne B

Published: 01/01/2009

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Lancet Infectious Diseases