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U.S. Rabies Outbreaks Linked To Drought, Warm Weather

By Stephen Lacey

"U.S. Rabies Outbreaks Linked To Drought, Warm Weather"

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Cities located in drought-stricken states around the U.S. are experiencing a dramatic spike in rabies outbreaks.

The outbreaks are being linked to warm weather and drought conditions, which are forcing infected animals to seek water and food in more urban areas. That is increasing infection rates and causing headaches for cities around the country.

The Wall Street Journal reported on the rash of outbreaks happening in water-deprived states:

While the number of reported rabid animals declined nationwide in 2010, according to the most recent federal data, states such as South Dakota, Kansas and Texas have recently seen a jump in the number of skunks testing positive. In drought-stricken Texas, more than 1,000 animals last year were exposed to rabid skunks, double the number in 2010. “More skunks seem to have migrated to suburban areas where there is water,” said Ernest Oertli, a veterinarian with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Researchers continue to issue warnings about the link between global warming and the spread of zoonotic viral diseases like Rabies, Bird Flu and Yellow Fever.

A warming planet will limit biodiversity, change migration patterns of infected animals, and influence extreme weather patterns — creating ripe conditions for the spread of deadly diseases.

For example, changing temperatures are helping to spread dengue fever in 28 states; flooding in Australia has increased outbreaks of the deadly Hendra virus in humans; and a changing climate could also influence genetic changes in bacteria like E.Coli, making them more hearty and deadly.

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7 Responses to U.S. Rabies Outbreaks Linked To Drought, Warm Weather

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Related

    Invasive plants said climate change risk

    Climate change will boost U.S. demand for imported drought- and heat-tolerant plants, at the risk of raising imports of more invasive species, researchers say.

    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2012/01/04/Invasive-plants-said-climate-change-risk/UPI-58011325728186/

    THough this does not sound very alarming, but it is, because there are species which thrive in drought condition and these species are less attractive – often poisonous.

    • prokaryotes says:

      Invasive, poisonous plant species threatens pastoralists

      Pastoralists in Longido district are currently overwhelmed with fear following the widespread of invasive alien plant species in their localities. The species are also linked to climate change-related impacts. Its propagation squeezes the size of land for pastures for dominating the local ecosystem.
      In recent years, climate change has been posing a lot of environmental challenges, among them being the introduction of invasive alien plant species. The alien plants also pose devastating impacts on native biology, causing extinction and affecting natural and cultivated ecosystems.
      When alien plant species start propagating outside human control and begin to dominate and displace the local ecosystem, they are said to have become invasive. Invasive species, along with loss of habitat, are the greatest threat to biodiversity of the specific localities.
      In Africa, specifically Tanzania, invasive species are considered a major threat to ecosystems and food production. http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=32337

    • prokaryotes says:

      Poison ivy crops up in record levels

      The abundance of poison ivy and other invasive plants proliferating in Illinois and across much of the nation this year is a symptom of a scenario more serious than an itchy red rash, experts say.

      Elevated CO2 levels in the atmosphere, although destructive to many plant species, are proving a boon for adaptive weeds such as poison ivy, said Lewis Ziska, a federal plant physiologist.

      “We are up to our arms in poison ivy this summer,” said Ziska, with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Md.

      The higher CO2 levels, he said, also are contributing to an increasing abundance of kudzu, the legendary vine once limited to the South but was discovered lurking in central Illinois and as far north as Canada. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-07-21/news/ct-x-n-poison-ivy-0721-20100721_1_poison-ivy-plant-species-elevated-co2

  2. John Tucker says:

    Invasive species and pathogens seem to be turbocharged by heat, drought, general climate stress and enhanced spreading mechanisms.

    In that toxic soup as more like organisms and organic materials become concentrate add accelerated development and more priapic genetic advancement to the mix.

    It seems to be somethign taking on its own as a distinct Phenomenon.

  3. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    Add to that late diagnosis es because Doctors are not instantly familiar with the symptoms. “Couldn’t be. No rabies around here”. Even a small delay in treatment can worsen the outcome.

    “No Lyme disease in Australia” according to NSW Health. But people who have never left the country have contracted Lyme Disease.

    Explosions of diseases unknown in a region are inevitably going to catch health authorities by surprise. Some health authorities will not respond well.

  4. Mark says:

    finally.

    this explains the foaming mouths of climate change

    “skeptic” idiots.