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Deadly Dozen Diseases Could Have Dire Consequences

It listed the ‘deadly dozen’ as avian flu, tick-borne babesia, cholera, ebola, parasites, plague, lyme disease, red tides of algal blooms, Rift Valley fever, sleeping sickness, tuberculosis and yellow fever.

‘Even minor disturbances can have far reaching consequences on what diseases (wild animals) might encounter and transmit as climate changes,’ said Steven Sanderson, head of the society.

‘The term ‘climate change’ conjures images of melting ice caps and rising sea levels that threaten coastal cities and nations, but just as important is how increasing temperatures and fluctuating precipitation levels will change the distribution of dangerous pathogens,’ he said.


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