Climate change and infectious diseases in Europe

Lancet Infect Dis. 2009 Jun;9(6):365-75. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(09)70104-5.


Concerted action is needed to address public health issues raised by climate change. In this Review we discuss infections acquired through various routes (arthropod vector, rodent, water, food, and air) in view of a changing climate in Europe. Based on an extensive review of published work and expert workshops, we present an assessment of the infectious disease challenges: incidence, prevalence, and distribution are projected to shift in a changing environment. Due to the high level of uncertainty on the rate of climate change and its impact on infectious diseases, we propose to mount a proactive public health response by building an integrated network for environmental and epidemiological data. This network would have the capacity to connect epidemic intelligence and infectious disease surveillance with meteorological, entomological, water quality, remote sensing, and other data, for multivariate analyses and predictions. Insights from these analyses could then guide adaptation strategies and protect population health from impending threats related to climate change.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Communicable Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Communicable Diseases / transmission
  • Disease Vectors
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Greenhouse Effect*
  • Humans
  • Population Surveillance / methods*