Climate change’s impact on human health: new reportArchived
ECDC co-authored the Human Health chapter in the European Environment Agency report, ‘Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012’ launched on 21 November, alongside EEA and WHO experts.
Climate change is affecting all regions in Europe, causing a wide range of impacts on health, society and the environment according to the latest assessment published by the European Environment Agency. Climate change plays a part in the transmission of certain infectious diseases. For example, it allows the tick species Ixodes ricinus to thrive further north, and may alter which areas in Europe are climatically suitable for disease-carrying mosquitos and sandflies. The transmission of food- and water-borne diseases, including salmonellosis and cryptosporosis, are also expected to be affected by climate change. ECDC co-authored the Human Health chapter in the EEA report, ‘Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012’ launched on 21 November, alongside EEA and WHO experts. Climate change is already contributing to the burden of disease and premature deaths in Europe. Its main health effects are related to extreme weather events and heat related impacts but there are also changes in the distribution of climate sensitive diseases and environmental and social conditions. Quantitative projections of future climate-sensitive health risks are difficult due to the complex relationship between climatic and non climatic factors. The report also projects the adverse impacts of future climate change will outweigh any beneficial impacts.
New tool is launched for infectious disease modelling linked to environmental changes
11 Nov 2013 - Environmental change, land-use, globalisation, and socio-economic contexts are all widely recognised to affect the transmission patterns of infectious diseases. ECDC has developed a tool - the E3 Geoportal - in order to promote and facilitate geospatial infectious disease modelling in Europe.
Adjusting surveillance of emerging infectious disease threat due to climate change in the EUArchived
27 Apr 2012 - Adjustments to surveillance practices in the EU will enhance preparedness and public health response to emerging infectious diseases, thereby helping to contain human and economic costs. These are the conclusions of an article published this week in Science magazine, describing a study co-authored by ECDC.
Mathematical modelling of the impact of climatic conditions in France on Rhipicephalus sanguineus tick activity and density since 1960Archived
11 Nov 2011 - Rhipicephalus sanguineus, the brown dog tick, has a worldwide distribution in areas with a relatively warm climate, including mild winters.