National Library of Medicine


 
 

Top Menu About Us Links Selection Acronyms & Abbreviations Upcoming Events FAQs Contact Us

  University of Alaska Anchorage  
         
 
 

 

www.arctichealth.org

 

www.arctichealth.org/library.php

 

www.arctichealth.org/research.php

 

www.arctichealth.org/healthtopics.php

 

www.arctichealth.org/tm.php

 

www.arctichealth.org/envirpoll.php

 

www.arctichealth.org/telehealth.php

 

www.arctichealth.org/govact.php

  www.arctichealth.org/ipy.php
   
   
 

For more information or technical support, please contact: ayahw@uaa.alaska.edu

 

Specialized Information Services Division
U.S. National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health

 

Alaska Medical Library
Consortium Library
University of Alaska Anchorage

 

Last reviewed: April 8, 2011
Disclaimer Notices: Copyright & Privacy

NEWS BLOG

Global Warming Could Unleash Disease in Arctic – Russian Scientist

September 24 (RIA Novosti) – Melting permafrost and warmer temperatures in the Arctic could trigger the release of both known and new infectious diseases in the region, a Russian scientist warned Tuesday.

Speaking at “The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue” forum, Boris Revich from the Moscow-based Institute of Forecasting said it is essential to carry out research now in order to reduce the risks of outbreaks.

“There is a risk that the melting of the permafrost could release the anthrax virus from thawed cattle burial grounds,” Revich said. “We need to understand whether it’s a risk, whether we can forecast it or whether we can forget about it.”

The scientist cited the appearance of malaria and tick-borne encephalitis in the Russian north as examples of the health consequences of warmer temperatures.

However, the most dangerous outcome could be the emergence of previously unknown infectious diseases that could take mankind by surprise. RIA Nivosti

Tags:

Comments are closed.