12 Ways Climate Change Could Kill You

Warmer temperatures may cause spread of dangerous pathogens
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Oct 14, 2008 10:34 AM CDT
A boy receives a vaccination shot against yellow fever in Asuncion, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
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(Newser) – A dozen deadly diseases may become even deadlier as a result of climate change, Scientific American reports. Cholera, tuberculosis, yellow fever, and other ailments are spreading to new areas as temperatures rise, a Wildlife Conservation Society study says. The society suggests monitoring wildlife to prevent a human outbreak of “black death” proportions. Beware the following:

  1. Cholera: Water-borne bacterium thrives in warmer climes and can kill you in a week.

  1. Ebola: Virus is lethal to humans and tends to follow unusual downpours or droughts.
  2. Plague: Disease will relocate with rodents and fleas as they adapt to temperature and rainfall changes.
  3. Tuberculosis: Will proliferate as droughts drive domestic and wild animals to share water sources.
  4. Yellow fever: Mosquito-borne disease will spread as bugs relocate.
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