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Climate Change and Infectious Diseases: Vector-borne Diseases and Valley Fever
December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join the Collaborative on Health and the Environment for a webinar to hear about the growing public health risks infectious diseases.
Cyril Caminade, PhD, Tenure Track Fellow, Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Liverpool, will discuss the emerging science on climate change and vector-borne diseases. Zika, dengue, chikungunya, malaria, Lyme disease, bluetongue, Shmallenberg are vector-borne diseases with huge impacts on societies and they are omnipresent in the news. These diseases are transmitted by exothermic arthropod vectors such as mosquitoes, midges, and ticks, which are extremely sensitive to external environmental conditions. Consequently, anthropogenic climate change is expected to greatly impact the distribution and severity of these vector-borne diseases. During this webinar Dr. Caminade will present recent advances in our understanding of climate change impacts on animal and human vector-borne diseases.
Morgan Gorris, PhD, Graduate Student Researcher, Randerson Research Group, University of California, Irvine and earth system scientist will discuss her recent research on the influence of climate change on Valley Fever incidence on the southwestern U.S. Generally, this fungal disease is limited to areas that are hot and dry. Climate change will cause the western U.S. to become hotter and may change the location, timing, and amount of rain. This is likely to change which counties are affected by Valley fever. Dr. Gorris will present research in which she used climate observations to estimate which counties in the US have a higher risk for Valley fever. She will discuss how she and coauthors used predictions of future climate to map which counties may become affected by Valley fever during the remainder of the 21st century.