Calling for an ecological approach to studying climate change and infectious diseases

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Abstract

My Concepts and Synthesis paper (Lafferty 2009),which inspired this Forum, echoed the premise that earlyreviews about climate change exaggerated claims thatinfectious diseases will increase in the future (Randolph2009). The paper sparked five well-reasoned commen-taries from ecologists with considerable expertise ininfectious diseases (Dobson 2009, Harvell et al. 2009,Ostfeld 2009, Pascual and Bouma 2009, Randolph2009). These reviews illustrate several examples andcase studies which corr elate i ncreases in infectiousdisease with existing climate variation, though alterna-tive explanations exist for many of these patterns(Dobson 2009, Harvell et al. 2009, Ostfeld 2009, Pascualand Bouma 2009, Randolph 2009). A common messageis that an ecological approach is increasingly relevant tothe challenging topic of infectious disease.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Calling for an ecological approach to studying climate change and infectious diseases
Series title Ecology
DOI 10.1890/08-1767.1
Volume 90
Issue 4
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher Ecological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 11 p.
First page 932
Last page 933