Lyme Disease and Global Warming

Is Global Warming causing an increase in Lyme Disease Cases?

As the debate rages on about global warming, even through all the research and changes happening across the world, making it an obvious real issue, the weather is changing. The climate it getting warmer and ticks populations are booming and moving farther and farther north. Tick borne diseases are spreading and new infections are emerging.

The CDC announced that tick and mosquito diseases have tripled in the last ten years and admits that with under reporting and misdiagnoses those numbers are even higher. So is global warming one of the reasoner behind the growing tick populations?

If you want to learn more about the connections between Global Warming and Lyme disease and other Tick Borne Infections please read these following articles.

  • GLOBAL WARMING MEANS MORE PATHOGENS
    “According to NASA scientists, worldwide temperatures over the past three years have been the hottest on record.GLOBAL WARMING IS CONTRIBUTING TO THE SPREAD OF HUMAN PATHOGENS. TICKS AND MOSQUITOES CARRYING VECTORBORNE PATHOGENS ARE INCREASING IN POPULATION AND COLONIZING NEW AREAS. AS CONDITIONS CHANGE, NEW VIRULENT PATHOGENS ARE EMERGING.”
  • Maine researchers explore link between climate change and Lyme disease
    “Academic and health care investigators are learning more about the complex web of factors driving the expansion of tick habitat, including global warming.”
  • How climate change helped Lyme disease invade America
    2018
    “Cases of the tick-borne illness have exploded since the 1990s. When President Donald Trump announced that he was pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord, Yale epidemiology researcher Katharine Walter felt gutted. “[Global warming] is already happening,” she said, “and the effects are already here.”Walter studies Lyme disease, the tick-borne illness that’s spreading frighteningly quickly in the Eastern and Midwestern US, due in part to climate change. Lyme cases have more than doubled since the 1990s, and the number of counties that are now deemed high-risk for Lyme has increased by more than 320 percent in the same period.”
  • CDC Warning Vector Borne Infections Tripled in Last Couple Years
    2018
    “Today on ABC, the CDC admits that more than 640,000 cases of tick, flea and mosquito transmitted illnesses were reported across the country from 2004 through 2016.”
  • CLIMATE CHANGE IS CAUSING A DANGEROUS UPTICK IN CASES OF LYME DISEASE
    2018
    “Ticks that carry the pathogenic bacteria can now survive in environments where they previously would’ve frozen to death, resulting in an increased risk of infection.”
  • Climate change promotes the spread of mosquito and tick-borne viruses
    “Spurred on by climate change, international travel and international trade, disease-bearing insects are spreading to ever-wider parts of the world. This means that more humans are exposed to viral infections such as Dengue fever, Chikungunya, Zika, West Nile fever, Yellow fever and Tick-borne encephalitis.”
  • Climate Change Pushes Ticks Into Canada, Bringing Lyme Disease (and Confusion) With Them
    “Reported Lyme cases in Canada increased more than six-fold between 2009 and 2016, but many patients are still struggling to get diagnosed and treated.”
  • Ticks rising
    “Winter ticks have been known to afflict moose since the late-1800s. In a normal year, a single moose might carry 1,000 or even 20,000 ticks. In a particularly harsh winter, when moose are underfed and weak, anaemia and hypothermia wrought by ticks can make the difference between life and death.”
  • Climate change, biodiversity, ticks and tick-borne diseases: The butterfly effect
    The scientific evidence for rapid climate change is compelling and most experts in the field have now reached a consensus: the Earth’s climate is changing. Evidence for this includes increasing global temperature, sea level rise
  • Has Climate Change Made Lyme Disease Worse?
    2014
    “As Lyme disease spreads across the U.S., those in its path cope with a debilitating, bewildering array of maladies, misery and afflictions”
  • TICKED OFF: THE MYSTERY OF LYME DISEASE investigates the story behind this current medical mystery.
    2014
    “A Canadian documentary that explores global warming and the migration of birds and ticks.”

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