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Press Release 13-138

Infectious diseases and climate change intersect with no simple answers

Study highlights challenges of predicting disease outcomes in a warming world

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Collage showing a monarch butterfly and the parasite it can carry

Monarch butterflies carry infections in parts of the U.S. where they breed year-round.

Credit: P. Davis and S. Altizer


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Biologist diving to study tumors on coral

Biologist studying tumors on coral; climate warming may fuel lethal coral diseases.

Credit: B. Willis


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Muskoxen

Muskoxen may be susceptible to arctic climate change and emerging infectious diseases.

Credit: S. Kutz


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Tagged white-footed mouse

White-footed mice: the primary reservoir hosts for Lyme disease in the eastern United States.

Credit: R. Ostfeld


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Black-legged ticks shown on a human hand

Black-legged ticks, the primary vectors of Lyme disease in the northeastern United States.

Credit: K. Oggenfuss


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cover of Science magazine

The researchers' findings are described in the Aug. 2, 2013, issue of Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2013


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