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Special Issue "Climate Change and Infectious Diseases"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Climate Change".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sadie J. Ryan
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Quantitative Disease Ecology and Conservation (QDEC) Lab, Department of Geography and Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA
Interests: vector borne diseases; climate-health interactions; social-ecological systems; climate change; human-wildlife interface; medical geography; disease ecology; tropical conservation; geospatial models
Dr. Anna Stewart-Ibarra
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Guest Editor
Institute of Global Health and Translational Science, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, United States
Interests: Climate-Health interactions; Social-Ecological Systems; Vector Borne Diseases; Arboviruses; Social vulnerability; Urban disease ecology; Natural disasters; Climate services for health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate-sensitive infectious diseases, including vector borne, water borne, and aerosolized pathogens, are increasingly threatening both vulnerable and resilient human populations as the climate changes. Whether under a scenario of long term changes in average rainfall, temperature, or storm intensity, or in a future of increased extremes, sustained climate events, or abrupt baseline shifts, the impacts of these diseases on human populations will manifest in different ways than at present.

In this Special Issue, we will present a set of papers exploring these links, potential future outcomes, and assessing infectious disease risks due to climate change. Studies aimed at understanding current links between infectious diseases and climate, and those describing and applying frameworks to explore future change, are valuable tools in public health management, and in anticipating future needs. This includes studies of climate sensitive infectious disease dynamics that employ empirical lab and field work and theoretical modeling approaches. We also welcome studies on infectious diseases that consider the interactions between climate and nonclimate drivers (e.g., social vulnerability, immune status, vector control), and studies that consider the secondary effects of climate on infectious disease dynamics, such as disease outbreaks following natural disasters as a result of population displacement, crowding, and stress.

We seek submissions under the broad remit of “Climate Change and Infectious Diseases”, with an eye to collecting together a wealth of research to inform efforts in public health, in preparation for management in a changing world.

Dr. Sadie J. Ryan
Dr. Anna Stewart-Ibarra
Guest Editors

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  • Dengue
  • Malaria
  • Zika
  • Diarrheal diseases
  • Climate extremes
  • Flood vulnerability
  • Drought

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Potential for Hydroclimatically Driven Shifts in Infectious Disease Outbreaks: The Case of Tularemia in High-Latitude Regions
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(19), 3717; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16193717 - 02 Oct 2019
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Hydroclimatic changes may be particularly pronounced in high-latitude regions and can influence infectious diseases, jeopardizing regional human and animal health. In this study, we consider the example of tularemia, one of the most studied diseases in high-latitude regions, which is likely to be [...] Read more.
Hydroclimatic changes may be particularly pronounced in high-latitude regions and can influence infectious diseases, jeopardizing regional human and animal health. In this study, we consider the example of tularemia, one of the most studied diseases in high-latitude regions, which is likely to be impacted by large regional hydroclimatic changes. For this disease case, we use a validated statistical model and develop a method for quantifying possible hydroclimatically driven shifts in outbreak conditions. The results show high sensitivity of tularemia outbreaks to certain combinations of hydroclimatic variable values. These values are within the range of past regional observations and may represent just mildly shifted conditions from current hydroclimatic averages. The methodology developed also facilitates relatively simple identification of possible critical hydroclimatic thresholds, beyond which unacceptable endemic disease levels may be reached. These results call for further research on how projected hydroclimatic changes may affect future outbreaks of tularemia and other infectious diseases in high-latitude and other world regions, with particular focus on critical thresholds to high-risk conditions. More research is also needed on the generality and spatiotemporal transferability of statistical disease models. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change and Infectious Diseases)
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