Experts underscore effect of climate change on public health

June 23, 2015

In a statement today, Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of Trust for America's Health (TFAH), said the Lancet report clearly defines the consequences of not acting but also shows how new actions might help.

"We know that, as climate and weather patterns shift, they contribute to the emergence of new diseases and the reemergence or spread of diseases that were nearly eradicated or thought to be under control," he said. "As changes in temperature and weather patterns allow pathogens to expand into different geographic regions, some vector- and zoonotic-borne diseases may increase along with foodborne and waterborne diseases."

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