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Global warming is Spawning Tropical Diseases – in Florida

April 7, 2011

Global warming is spawning tropical diseases — in Florida. Global warming – no matter what the cause – is affecting habitat, weather, insects, diseases, crop production, and species relationships including humans to their environment.

Earthday reports:

Florida has begun to see cases of dengue fever – a tropical disease rarely found in places as far north as the American continent. Maine has seen a ten-fold increase in Lyme disease, as shortened winters fail to kill off the ticks that carry the disease.

Now, the American Medical Association is citing these situations as examples of why physicians around the country must prepare for climate-related health problems among their patients. In an editorial to its membership published Monday on its American Medical News web site, the AMA said: “Patients are presenting with illnesses that once happened only in warmer areas. Chronic conditions are becoming aggravated by more frequent and extended heat waves. Allergy and asthma seasons are getting longer. Spates of injuries are resulting from more intense ice storms and snowstorms. Scientific evidence shows that the world’s climate is changing and that the results have public health consequences.”

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