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Magazine article, 2021

Climate change and the rise of infectious diseases : an Arctic perspective

Evengård, Birgitta; Thierfelder, Tomas; Stöven, Svenja


Animals that carry infectious microorganisms are migrating towards the North with climatechange transitions of Arctic landscapes into warmer biomes. This threatens to change societal exposure to infectious diseases and affect the OneHealth status of Arctic cultures. OneHealth takes a multidisciplinary approach to health risks and risk mitigation for humans, animals, plants and the environment with the understanding that human health and welfare is dependent on ecosystem health. At the CLINF Nordic Center of Excellence, Birgitta Evengård, Tomas Thierfelder, Svenja Stöven, and scientists from eight nations recently collaborated to predict the effects of climate change on the epidemiology of climate-sensitive infections. With a focus on international collaboration and harnessing traditional knowledge, CLINF (Climate-change effects on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the impacts on Northern societies) supports evidence-based policy aimed at preventing or mitigating this most serious of global challenges.

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Research outreach
2021, number: 122, pages: 90-93

Authors' information

Evengård, Birgitta
Umeå University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Energy and Technology
Stöven, Svenja
Umeå University

UKÄ Subject classification

Climate Research
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Environmental Sciences

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