Global Warming Alarms Infectious Disease Experts

Earth's rising temperature means trouble for health experts trying to fight infectious diseases, microbiologists said at a scientific meeting this week. "One of the first indicators of rising global temperatures could be malaria climbing mountains," said Dr. Stephen Morse of Columbia University.

Speaking Tuesday at the the American Society for Microbiology, ASM, meeting in Toronto, Morse said in mountain areas where malaria is endemic, the disease is not transmitted above a certain altitude because temperatures are too cold to support the mosquitoes that carry the disease. As temperatures rise, this malaria line will rise as well, said Morse.

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