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Symposium 2: The ecology of climate change and infectious diseases: A gateway between past and present
14:30-17:30 Symposium, Grand Ballroom A
Moderators: Raffaella BIANUCCI, Dong Hoon SHIN
Long before the aetiological agents of several infectious pathogens were discovered in the 19th century, humans were aware that climatic factors affect epidemic diseases. Infectious agents- viruses, bacteria, protozoa and multicellular parasites- vary greatly in size, type and mode of transmission, their life cycles being climate-adapted. Therefore, changes in climatic conditions (i.e. temperature, precipitation, and sea level rise) and climate variability may affect human health via indirect pathways, particularly …