Climate change raises disease risk

by Richard on March 2, 2012

From the BBC

Climate change is raising the risk of diseases such as Schmallenberg in the UK and northern Europe, say scientists.

Schmallenberg virus affects sheep and cattle, and is probably carried by midges. It was identified in Germany last year, and in the UK in January.

Until 1990, Europe’s midge-borne viral diseases were found only in Spain and Portugal; but two have emerged within the last six years in northern Europe.

Experts say the path of Schmallenberg is currently impossible to predict.

Schmallenberg virus - named after the German town where it was first identified - causes fever and diarrhoea in adult animals, but they recover.

However, infection during a critical stage of pregnancy leads to lambs and calves being born with deformation of limbs, spine or brain. Many are stillborn.

Currently it has been found on 83 farms in the UK, mainly in the southeast.

Of course, it’s impossible to say for certain right now that the arrival of Schmallenberg in Britain is definitely linked to climate change. It might just be coincidence.

But those coincidences just keep coming.

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Kim 03.02.12 at 6:21 pm

“We were put on this earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the earth, to use it for our benefit, not for the earth’s benefit… [Climate change is] an absolute travesty of scientific research that was motivated by those who, in my opinion, saw this as an opportunity to create panic and a crisis for government to be able to step in and even more greatly control your life.”
– Rick Santorum

Shouldn’t that be Rick Insanetorum? This statement certainly demonstrates that you’re never too old to learn something stupid.

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