The continued effects of global warming and climate change will accelerate the spread of infectious diseases, particularly in the developing world, a new study says.
Research by the University of East Anglia reveals that along with increased flooding, drought, storm damage, mass population redistributions and wars fought over water supplies, the increased prevalence of infectious diseases will be the most significant offshoot of climate change over the next century.
Paul Hunter, professor of health protection at the university, explained that prolonged heatwaves would result in more bacteria surviving in food sources, leading to more cases of food poisoning.
In addition, the reduction in rainfall levels would lead to full-blown conflict between nations keen to secure reliable water supplies, as well as an increased reliance upon poor quality supplies and even waste water.
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