Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Climate change, conflict, migration: Tropical Illness among the Poorest of the Rich

Source: "Tropical Illness among the Poorest of the Rich", Die Zeit, 3rd June 2017, by Peter J. Hotez

Peter J. Hotez reported, "(...) Southern Europe has also been affected: Greece has seen a return of malaria cases while viral infections like dengue, chikungunya and West Nile virus have been found in Portugal, Spain, Italy and southern France. Five years ago, the French island of Corsica registered cases of schistosomiasis, a devastating parasitic worm infection (PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: Hotez, 2016), that is normally thought of as affecting only the poorest parts of Africa. (...) Climate change, urbanization, migration and conflict also help explain their advance in Southern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere (...)"

Read more at: http://www.zeit.de/wissen/gesundheit/2017-06/g20-states-tropical-diseases-poverty-wealth-english

Peter J. Hotez is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas, where he is also the Texas Children’s Hospital Chair in Tropical Pediatrics, and Baker Institute Fellow in Disease and Poverty at Rice University.