2013-12-05. Diseases on the move because of climate change.

posted Dec 5, 2013, 12:58 PM by Alan Gould

 For GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt:  ...Valley Fever is one of multiple diseases experts say are spreading in part because of climate change. ...The soil ...in much of the arid Southwest carries the Coccidioides fungus. In dry months, the dust scatters in the wind and can be breathed into the lungs, infecting humans, dogs and cats and other mammals. ...reported cases increased tenfold from 1998 to 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...Valley Fever is an illness that's moving. Historically, it has been found in the dry areas of California and the Southwest. But Thompson, along with the CDC, reported three cases of cocci in eastern Washington state in 2012. ...Naegleria fowleri, "the brain-eating amoeba"...commonly found in freshwater lakes and rivers, ...tend to occur in areas where waters warm in the summer. Minnesota had its first ever infection in 2010, 550 miles farther north than an infection had ever been seen before. [See also http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/04/brain-eating-amoeba-annie-bahneman-pam-parasite/3633531/] Elizabeth Weise, USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/04/climate-change-disease/2623863/.