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Audrey Waits, Anastasia Emelyanova, Antti Oksanen, Khaled Abass, Arja Rautio, Human infectious diseases and the changing climate in the Arctic, Environment International, Volume 121, Part 1, 2018, Pages 703-713, ISSN 0160-4120,

Human infectious diseases and the changing climate in the Arctic

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Author: Waits, Audrey1; Emelyanova, Anastasia2; Oksanen, Antti3;
Organizations: 1Arctic Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland
2Thule Institute, University of Arctic, University of Oulu, Finland
3Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira (FINPAR), 90590 Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-07-03


Climatic factors, especially temperature, precipitation, and humidity play an important role in disease transmission. As the Arctic changes at an unprecedented rate due to climate change, understanding how climatic factors and climate change affect infectious disease rates is important for minimizing human and economic costs. The purpose of this systematic review was to compile recent studies in the field and compare the results to a previously published review. English language searches were conducted in PubMed, ScienceDirect, Scopus, and PLOS One. Russian language searches were conducted in the Scientific Electronic Library “”. This systematic review yielded 22 articles (51%) published in English and 21 articles (49%) published in Russian since 2012. Articles about zoonotic and vector-borne diseases accounted for 67% (n = 29) of the review. Tick-borne diseases, tularemia, anthrax, and vibriosis were the most researched diseases likely to be impacted by climatic factors in the Arctic. Increased temperature and precipitation are predicted to have the greatest impact on infectious diseases in the Arctic.

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Series: Environment international
ISSN: 0160-4120
ISSN-E: 1873-6750
ISSN-L: 0160-4120
Volume: 121
Issue: 1
Pages: 703 - 713
DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.09.042
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
3111 Biomedicine
1172 Environmental sciences
Funding: This work was funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 BG-2017-1 (2017–2022)—under Grant Agreement No: 773421-Nunataryuk (Permafrost thaw and the changing Arctic coast, science for socioeconomic adaptation) (A.R., K.A.) and by One Arctic – One Health: Animal and human health in the changing climate project funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (Grant Agreement No. HEL7M0674–65) (A.R.; K.A.; A.O.). Additional funding was provided by Fulbright Finland and the Finnish National Agency for Education (A.W.).
EU Grant Number: (773421) Nunataryuk - Permafrost thaw and the changing arctic coast: science for socio-economic adaptation
Copyright information: © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (