As the World Warms – Diseases will Spread:How climate change affects distribution of infectious diseases

Humans have, for a very long time, been aware of the effect that the climate has upon the spread of infectious diseases. In ancient Rome, the higher class of society escaped to their homes in the mountains during summer to avoid the bite of malaria-carrying mosquitoes and, in the United States, a terrible yellow fever outbreak was heralded by one of the worst episodes ever recorded1 of El Niño, the abnormal warming of the Pacific Ocean.

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