Researchers say 58% of infectious diseases have been worsened by extreme weather events. The study published in the journal Nature Climate Change found 1,006 unique pathways in which climatic hazards led to pathogenic diseases.

    

58% of infectious diseases made worse by climate change, study finds

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Researchers say 58% of infectious diseases have been worsened by extreme weather events. The study published in the journal Nature Climate Change found 1,006 unique pathways in which climatic hazards led to pathogenic diseases.

HOW?

While parts of Europe are reeling under a record heatwave, others are facing flood-like situations as rains lash havoc. Meanwhile, the US is facing extreme wildfires, which have burned hundreds of acres of land and forced lakhs of people to be evacuated. Climate change is at the heart of these extreme weather events.

The study published in the journal Nature Climate Change found 1,006 unique pathways in which climatic hazards, via different transmission types, led to pathogenic diseases.

"The human pathogenic diseases and transmission pathways aggravated by climatic hazards are too numerous for comprehensive societal adaptations, highlighting the urgent need to work at the source of the problem: reducing greenhouse gas emissions," researchers said in the paper.

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Doctors, going back to Hippocrates, have long connected diseases to weather, but this study shows how widespread the influence of climate is on human health. “If the climate is changing, the risk of these diseases is changing,” study co-author Dr. Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told The Associated Press.