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U.S. needs more health preparedness for climate change

October 26, 2009
by David Morgan and Richard Cowan
Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Climate change will mean new health problems for the United States, but public health officials play only a limited role in decisions about how to cope with the changing environment, a report said on Monday.

A study by the Washington-based health advocacy group Trust for America's Health predicted that warming temperatures will mean more infectious diseases while changes in rainfall are likely to bring new disease and safety challenges whether from floods, storms, droughts or wildfires.

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