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Column: Climate change, Zika and the threat to our children

  • Our politicians have been warned for over a decade that tropical diseases could spread outside of their traditional range due to climate change.
  • Children will inherit the planet we leave them, and it’s important to understand that children are uniquely vulnerable to the health impacts caused by climate change.
  • Greg Mercer of the Atlantic summarized the study nicely when he said that as our climate changes, mosquitoes bite more, breed more and spread more disease.
  • And the scientific and medical communities have data-driven, peer-reviewed evidence that climate warming-related diseases are worsening, as we are seeing now with the Zika virus.
  • According to the Lancet medical journal, other neurologic conditions, like Guillain-Barre syndrome (flaccid paralyses), have also seen a sharp increase likely linked to an increase in Zika virus infections in South America.

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@Climate4Health: “”Climate change, Zika and the threat to our children” #zika #climateimpacts via @TB_Times”

No matter where you go in our state, the issue everyone is talking about — the fear on everyone’s mind — is the spread of the Zika virus.

Column: Climate change, Zika and the threat to our children

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