Special Issue "Climate Change Impacts on Vector-borne Diseases"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Shlomit Paz
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Website: http://geo.haifa.ac.il/~spaz/publications.php
E-Mail: shlomit@geo.haifa.ac.il
Phone: +972-4-8249617
Fax: +972-4-8249605
Interests: climatology; climate change; climate change impacts on the human health; environmental health; environmental issues in the mediterranean basin

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

According to the recent IPCC report (2013), “the warming of the climate system is unequivocal and, since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia”.

This warming trend has many global and local aspects; one of which is the impact on human health. Indeed, climate change is a complex phenomenon that affects human health via a pathway of varying complexity, scale and directness and with different timing. The impacts vary geographically as a function of physical and environmental conditions and of the vulnerability of the local human population.

Consequently, climatic change influences the emergence of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue and West Nile virus by altering their rates, ranges, distribution and seasonality.

Vector-borne diseases are dynamic systems with complex ecology, which tend to adjust continually to environmental changes in multifaceted ways. Although climate is one of several factors that influence the distribution of these diseases, it is known as a major environmental driver influencing their epidemiology. Moreover, the importance of climatic factors (such as temperature, precipitation, relative humidity and winds) as drivers in the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases is increasing under conditions of climate change.

This Special Issue in IJERPH aims to advance the understanding of the various impacts of local and global climatic changes on the ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases.

Dr. Shlomit Paz
Guest Editor


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  • climate change
  • global warming
  • vector-borne diseases
  • human health

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(1), 767-783; doi:10.3390/ijerph120100767
Received: 9 September 2014 / Accepted: 18 December 2014 / Published: 14 January 2015
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