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Contribution of climate change to the spread of infectious diseases

Climate change is already having an effect on the spread of infectious diseases beyond their typical geographic reach. Often, the cross border spread of infectious diseases is further exacerbated by the lack of global governance, policies or a consensus to mitigate climate change.

As a result, the current and future burden on humans, animals and plants is significant, especially if these infectious diseases cause large scale outbreaks.

This collection brings together in one place articles outlining those diseases (and their vectors) that are likely to spread or are already spreading across borders due to the effects of climate change. The impact of policy implementation or interventions designed to contain the spread infectious disease, and studies that could inform future global policy or practical solutions are very much welcome.

The infectious diseases covered in this collection are not limited to human diseases, but include plant and animal diseases too – all three are so often closely interlinked.

The following journals are accepting submissions to the collection:

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
BMC Infectious Diseases
BMC Health Services Research
BMC Public Health

Environmental Health
Globalization and Health
Gut Pathogens
Health Research Policy and Systems
Infectious Diseases of Poverty
Malaria Journal

One Health Outlook
Parasites & Vectors
Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines
Tropical Medicine and Health
Veterinary Research

Virology Journal

Manuscripts should be formatted according to individual journal guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. Please indicate clearly in the cover letter that the manuscript is to be considered for the collection 'Contribution of climate change to the spread of infectious diseases'. Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by the respective journal, and accepted articles will be published online on a continuous basis.

Pre-submission enquiries are welcome.

Submission deadline: December 31st 2020

  1. Cystic echinococcosis (CE), a worldwide zoonotic disease, is affected by various biological and environmental factors. We investigated dog/livestock populations, climatic and environmental factors influencing ...

    Authors: Mohammad Amin Ghatee, Koorosh Nikaein, Walter Robert Taylor, Mehdi Karamian, Hasan Alidadi, Zahra Kanannejad, Faezeh Sehatpour, Fateme Zarei and Gholamreza Pouladfar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1611

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Food handlers play a significant role in the transmission of foodborne infections. Salmonella and Shigella are the most common foodborne pathogens and their infections are a major public health problem globally. ...

    Authors: Haftom Legese, Tsega Kahsay, Aderajew Gebrewahd, Brhane Berhe, Berhane Fseha, Senait Tadesse, Guesh Gebremariam, Hadush Negash, Fitsum Mardu, Kebede Tesfay and Gebre Adhanom

    Citation: Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2020 6:19

    Content type: Research

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  3. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. The global emergence of mono- or multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and extensively drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis ...

    Authors: Getachew Kahsu Abay and Bahlbi Hailay Abraha

    Citation: Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2020 6:14

    Content type: Research

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  4. Assessing the vulnerability of an infectious disease such as dengue among endemic population is an important requirement to design proactive programmes in order to improve resilience capacity of vulnerable com...

    Authors: Lahiru Udayanga, Nayana Gunathilaka, M. C. M. Iqbal and W. Abeyewickreme

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:102

    Content type: Research Article

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  5. Climate change ranks among the most important issues globally, affecting geographic distributions of vectors and pathogens, and inducing losses in livestock production among many other damaging effects. We cha...

    Authors: Roberta Marques, Rodrigo F. Krüger, A. Townsend Peterson, Larissa F. de Melo, Natália Vicenzi and Daniel Jiménez-García

    Citation: Veterinary Research 2020 51:81

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Isoniazid prophylaxis therapy is a significant public health intervention to prevent the progression of latent tuberculosis to active tuberculosis disease among people living with HIV. Those with HIV are at hi...

    Authors: Haftom Legese, Hagos Degefa, Aderajew Gebrewahd and Haftay Gebremedhin

    Citation: Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2020 6:11

    Content type: Research

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  7. Malaria continues to be a disease of massive burden in Africa, and the public health resources targeted at surveillance, prevention, control, and intervention comprise large outlays of expense. Malaria transmi...

    Authors: Sadie J. Ryan, Catherine A. Lippi and Fernanda Zermoglio

    Citation: Malaria Journal 2020 19:170

    Content type: Research

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  8. Brucellosis is a serious public health problem primarily affecting livestock workers. The strong seasonality of the disease indicates that climatic factors may play important roles in the transmission of the d...

    Authors: Kun Liu, Zurong Yang, Weifeng Liang, Tianci Guo, Yong Long and Zhongjun Shao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:506

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Dengue virus, an Aedes mosquito-borne flavivirus, is associated with close to 400 million reported infections per annum worldwide. Reduction of dengue virus transmission depends entirely on limiting Aedes breedin...

    Authors: Olav T. Muurlink and Andrew W. Taylor-Robinson

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:37

    Content type: Opinion

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  10. Infectious diarrhea can lead to a considerable global disease burden. Thus, the accurate prediction of an infectious diarrhea epidemic is crucial for public health authorities. This study was aimed at developi...

    Authors: Xinyu Fang, Wendong Liu, Jing Ai, Mike He, Ying Wu, Yingying Shi, Wenqi Shen and Changjun Bao

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:222

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Amphibians are one of the most susceptible groups to climate change as their development occurs in aquatic environments or in microhabitats with high humidity. Accordingly, our primary objective was to investi...

    Authors: W. A. Manasee T. Weerathunga and Gayani Rajapaksa

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2020 17:3

    Content type: Research

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  12. General knowledge on climate change effects and adaptation strategies has increased significantly in recent years. However, there is still a substantial information gap regarding the influence of climate chang...

    Authors: Anna Omazic, Helena Bylund, Sofia Boqvist, Ann Högberg, Christer Björkman, Morten Tryland, Birgitta Evengård, Anders Koch, Camilla Berggren, Alexander Malogolovkin, Denis Kolbasov, Nataly Pavelko, Tomas Thierfelder and Ann Albihn

    Citation: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 2019 61:53

    Content type: Research

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  13. A major health burden in Cameroon is malaria, a disease that is sensitive to climate, environment and socio-economic conditions, but whose precise relationship with these drivers is still uncertain. An improve...

    Authors: Amelie D. Mbouna, Adrian M. Tompkins, Andre Lenouo, Ernest O. Asare, Edmund I. Yamba and Clement Tchawoua

    Citation: Malaria Journal 2019 18:359

    Content type: Research

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  14. The incidence of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) varies over space and time and this variability is related to climate and social-economic factors. Majority of studies on HFMD were carried out in humid reg...

    Authors: Jie Li, Xiangxue Zhang, Li Wang, Chengdong Xu, Gexin Xiao, Ran Wang, Fang Zheng and Fang Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1482

    Content type: Research article

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  15. The climate variables that directly influence vector-borne diseases’ ecosystems are mainly temperature and rainfall. This is not only because the vectors bionomics are strongly dependent upon these variables, ...

    Authors: Florence Fouque and John C. Reeder

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2019 8:51

    Content type: Scoping Review

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  16. Drylands, which are among the biosphere’s most naturally limiting and environmentally variable ecosystems, constitute three-quarters of the African continent. As a result, environmental sustainability and huma...

    Authors: Bruce A. Wilcox, Pierre Echaubard, Michel de Garine-Wichatitsky and Bernadette Ramirez

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2019 8:36

    Content type: Scoping Review

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  17. Little is known about how human disease vectors will modify their life history patterns and survival capacity as a result of climate change. One case is that of Chagas disease, which has triatomine bugs and Trypa...

    Authors: Berenice González-Rete, Paz María Salazar-Schettino, Martha I. Bucio-Torres, Alex Córdoba-Aguilar and Margarita Cabrera-Bravo

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:219

    Content type: Research

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