Special Issue "Climate-Change Effects on the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and the Impacts on Northern Societies "

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Climate Change and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Birgitta Evengård
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Guest Editor
Department of Clinical Microbiology, UMEA University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
Interests: Infectious diseases, human health, climate change, Arctic issues, epidemiology, parasitology, diagnostics
Dr. Tomas Thierfelder
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Guest Editor
Department of Energy and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A key objective: to clarify the impacts of climate change on humans and animals among animal husbandry households, which are particularly exposed and sensitive to such changes, through the changed geographical distribution and epidemiology of CSI. We have further aimed to turn this new understanding into practical tools for decision-makers responsible for the development of northern societies, both by providing relevant data in an accessible form and by contributing to the development of an early warning system for increased risk of spread of CSI at the local level.

CLINF addresses a central issue in planning for responsible development in the North: understanding the impact of climate change on the geographical distribution and epidemiology of climate sensitive infections (CSIs) and the consequences for Arctic health, economies, and societies. This has been a neglected problem that is likely to have a profound effect on northern societies, and a key objective of CLINF has been to clarify the effects on humans and animals, especially among animal husbandry households, which are particularly exposed and sensitive to such changes. As a result, CLINF is almost entirely concerned with impacts. However, we have gone further to turn this new understanding into practical tools for decision-makers responsible for the development of northern societies. Disease does not respect national boundaries, and the problem addressed by CLINF is a challenge faced across the pan-Arctic region. Our major efforts are focused on Nordic datasets and Nordic problems, but Russian colleagues have also been involved. CLINF has assembled an outstanding multidisciplinary team with high international profiles, and it aims to deliver international class science that meets societal needs using methods that can be applied across the Arctic. What follows should therefore be understood in this international context.

Dr. Birgitta Evengård
Dr. Tomas Thierfelder
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • climate change
  • Arctic
  • infectious diseases
  • One Health
  • societal impacts

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Lethal Outcome of Leptospirosis in Southern Russia: Characterization of Leptospira Interrogans Isolated from a Deсeased Teenager
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(12), 4238; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124238 - 14 Jun 2020
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This article describes a lethal case of leptospirosis that occurred in Southern Russia. The Leptospira strain was isolated and characterized using a microscopic agglutination test, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, targeted PCR, and high-throughput sequencing. We show that molecular and mass-spectrometry methods can be an [...] Read more.
This article describes a lethal case of leptospirosis that occurred in Southern Russia. The Leptospira strain was isolated and characterized using a microscopic agglutination test, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, targeted PCR, and high-throughput sequencing. We show that molecular and mass-spectrometry methods can be an alternative to conventional methods of leptospirosis diagnostics and Leptospira study, which require highly qualified staff and can be performed only at specialized laboratories. We also report the first whole genome of L. interrogans isolated in Russia. Full article
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