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12 juli 2009

VS: klimaatverandering brengt dengue-koorts naar 28 staten

Climate Progress, 10 juli 2009

Just in time for the summer mosquito season, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report last week detailing the latest climate-based threat to human health.

The two mosquito species capable of carrying dengue fever are rapidly spreading across the southern United States, increasing the incidence of the disease. We already knew that Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century – now, it seems, we’re reaching the point where 'threat' turns into 'harsh reality'.
The report tells it straight:
'Global warming threatens to further exacerbate the spread of many infectious diseases because increases in heat, precipitation, and humidity can foster better conditions for tropical and subtropical insects to survive and thrive in places previously inhospitable to those diseases.'

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