Sunday, December 23, 2007

Global Warming spreads tropical disease

Chikungunya, a relative of dengue fever, is not something you would expect to contract it Italy, but a recent outbreak in Castiglione di Cervia is the first indication that a disease that had previously been seen only in the tropics is spreading because of global warming and globalization. According to a NY Times article today, Dr. Roberto Bertollini, director of the World Health Organization’s Health and Environment program, “This is the first case of an epidemic of a tropical disease in a developed, European country...Climate change creates conditions that make it easier for this mosquito to survive and it opens the door to diseases that didn’t exist here previously. This is a real issue. Now, today. It is not something a crazy environmentalist is warning about.”

Better cracking on those transgenic mosquitoes we had blogged about earlier.


wreese said...

Absolutely terrifying. The leaders of the world's nations have their heads in the sand.


Merry Christmas!

Felipe said...