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Climate change linked to diseases
26th October 2015 | The Fiji Times
Typhoid, dengue, leptospirosis and diarrhoeal named illnesses are linked to climate change. Research literature has identified the link between climate change and the re- emergence of infectious diseases such as typhoid and dengue fever, leptospirosis and diarrhoeal illnesses.

This was revealed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola at the Pacific Technical Experts and Ministerial Consultation on Strengthening Climate Change through Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, in Nadi this morning. "A growing body of research literature shows a clear link between climate change and the re-emergence of infectious diseases such as typhoid and dengue fever, leptospirosis and diarrhoeal illnesses. "The re-emergence of these infectious diseases provides an extra burden on the already incapacitated health system," Ratu Inoke said. "In this regard, climate change is widely regarded as a serious threat to the public health sector. Fiji is vulnerable to adverse climate change impacts due to its small geographical size, exposure to extreme climatic events and small economy. "Direct impacts of climate change on health include injury, disease and death from extreme heat and cold, cyclones, floods and droughts. "Indirect impacts include increase in vector-borne, water-borne, cardiovascular, respiratory and renal diseases. There are also psycho-social impacts from an increase in the range and number of disease spreading vectors, compromised food and water sources, livelihood losses and population displacement."

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