Geneva (AP) – Two UN agencies have mapped the intersection between health and climate in the current era of global warming, which suggests that the jump meningitis as dust storms and dengue fever during heavy rains.
UN officials said Monday that their book “Atlas of Health and Climate” is designed to be a world leader guide that can be used as an early warning of the spread of disease.
Although the data or conclusions are not new, the way they present it adds to the government’s ability to respond to threats posed by rising temperatures and climate change.
For example, since 2005 atlas shows that the number of meningitis cases per week, which is spread by bacteria and germs, increases when the dry season hit sub-Saharan Africa, which led to the death of about 25,000 people over the last 10 years.
And since 1998, there is a unique pattern of seasonal outbreaks of dengue fever, which is caused by mosquitoes, while periods of heavy rain in the tropics and subtropics, which cost the lives of 15,000 people per year.
The project with the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization, both based in Geneva, said the possibility of increasing the warming of the earth 4-10 fold increase up to 2050 – and it’s likely to strongly influence the population of elderly and vulnerable people in particular urban in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
“Many diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, meningitis is a disease that is sensitive to climate change, because climate dimensions such as rainfall, humidity, and temperature will affect the epidemic, outbreak, both effects caused directly by parasite or mosquito that brought, “said Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the UN health agency.
Chan said the data could be used to regulate animal habitats and ecosystems better, which will also make a huge difference to people’s health because 80 percent of infectious diseases found in humans caused by animals.
Michael Jarraud said WMO Secretary-General atlas was intended to translate and map the information contained in the technical documents of their institution, “into something that can be used by the authorities directly.”