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Emerging Infections and Climate Change

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines ‘emerging infections’ as those whose incidence in humans has increased in the past two decades or threaten to increase in the near future. Climate change, urbanization, and changing land use are projected to lead to a more frequent emergence of infectious diseases in the coming decades. Vector-borne diseases sensitive to climate are changing and expanding in range. The Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) has taken a leading role in researching, teaching, surveillance, and controlling several emerging infectious diseases. These infections include anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi infection, Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, West Nile virus infection, trypanosomiasis, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, Powassan virus infection, Zika virus, and Covid-19. Most of these infections are globally distributed, which is reflected in the international geographic areas of our faculty’s research foci. The complex dynamics between climate change, global health, and emerging infections also raise critical ethical issues that are explored in our research and teaching.

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