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Contribution of climate change to the spread of infectious diseases

Climate change is already having an effect on the spread of infectious diseases beyond their typical geographic reach. Often, the cross border spread of infectious diseases is further exacerbated by the lack of global governance, policies or a consensus to mitigate climate change.

As a result, the current and future burden on humans, animals and plants is significant, especially if these infectious diseases cause large scale outbreaks.

This collection brings together in one place articles outlining those diseases (and their vectors) that are likely to spread or are already spreading across borders due to the effects of climate change. The impact of policy implementation or interventions designed to contain the spread infectious disease, and studies that could inform future global policy or practical solutions are very much welcome.

The infectious diseases covered in this collection are not limited to human diseases, but include plant and animal diseases too – all three are so often closely interlinked.

The following journals are accepting submissions to the collection:

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
BMC Infectious Diseases
BMC Health Services Research
BMC Public Health

Environmental Health
Globalization and Health
Gut Pathogens
Health Research Policy and Systems
Infectious Diseases of Poverty
Malaria Journal

One Health Outlook
Parasites & Vectors
Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines
Tropical Medicine and Health
Veterinary Research

Virology Journal

Manuscripts should be formatted according to individual journal guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. Please indicate clearly in the cover letter that the manuscript is to be considered for the collection 'Contribution of climate change to the spread of infectious diseases'. Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by the respective journal, and accepted articles will be published online on a continuous basis.

Pre-submission enquiries are welcome.

Submission deadline: December 31st 2022

  1. Anthrax is a zoonotic infection caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. Humans acquire cutaneous infection through contact with infected animals or animal products. On May 6, 2018, three cows suddenly died on ...

    Authors: Angella Musewa, Bernadette Basuta Mirembe, Fred Monje, Doreen Birungi, Carol Nanziri, Freda Loy Aceng, Steven N. Kabwama, Benon Kwesiga, Deo Birungi Ndumu, Luke Nyakarahuka, Joshua Buule, Caitlin M. Cossaboom, David Lowe, Cari B. Kolton, Chung K. Marston, Robyn A. Stoddard…
    Citation: Tropical Medicine and Health 2022 50:52
  2. Classical swine fever (CSF) virus is the causative agent of an economically important, highly contagious disease of pigs. CSFV is genetically and serologically related to bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV). BV...

    Authors: Weicheng Yi, Hongchang Zhu, Yihan Wu, Qingmei Li, Wange Lou, Haizhong Zhao and Zishu Pan
    Citation: Virology Journal 2022 19:121
  3. Invasive mosquito species (IMS) and their associated mosquito-borne diseases are emerging in Europe. In Belgium, the first detection of Aedes albopictus (Skuse 1894) occurred in 2000 and of Aedes japonicus japoni...

    Authors: Isra Deblauwe, Katrien De Wolf, Jacobus De Witte, Anna Schneider, Ingrid Verlé, Adwine Vanslembrouck, Nathalie Smitz, Julie Demeulemeester, Thomas Van Loo, Wouter Dekoninck, Meryam Krit, Maxime Madder, Ruth Müller and Wim Van Bortel
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2022 15:206
  4. The combined application of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS) are commonly used malaria interventions that target indoor Anopheles vectors. Recent studies on the effects...

    Authors: Abebe Asale, Menale Kassie, Zewdu Abro, Bayu Enchalew, Aklilu Belay, Peter O. Sangoro, David P. Tchouassi and Clifford M. Mutero
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:930
  5. Malaria vector control programs in Sub-Saharan Africa have invested many efforts and resources in the control of eight-sibling species of Anopheles gambiae complex and An. funestus group. The behaviour of sibling...

    Authors: Eliningaya J. Kweka
    Citation: Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2022 8:7
  6. Acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis (AHC) is classified as a class C notifiable infectious disease in China and poses a great threat to public health. This study aimed to investigate the epidemiological trends an...

    Authors: Rong Liu, Yuxing Chen, Hao Liu, Xihui Huang and Fang Zhou
    Citation: Virology Journal 2022 19:34
  7. Climate change is expected to alter the global footprint of many infectious diseases, particularly vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue. Knowledge of the range and geographical context of expected ...

    Authors: Manisha A. Kulkarni, Claudia Duguay and Katarina Ost
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2022 18:1
  8. Emergence of bovine mastitis caused by Prototheca algae is the impetus to better understand these infections. Both P. bovis and P. ciferrii belong to Prototheca algae, but they differ in their pathogenicity to in...

    Authors: Wenpeng Zhao, Fumeng He, Herman W. Barkema, Siyu Xu, Jian Gao, Gang Liu, Zhaoju Deng, Muhammad Shahid, Yuxiang Shi, John P. Kastelic and Bo Han
    Citation: Veterinary Research 2021 52:144
  9. Invasive mosquitoes of the genus Aedes are quickly spreading around the world. The presence of these alien species is concerning for both their impact on the native biodiversity and their high vector competence. ...

    Authors: Viktória Čabanová, Kristína Boršová, Marek Svitok, Jozef Oboňa, Ivana Svitková, Eva Barbušinová, Tomáš Derka, Monika Sláviková and Boris Klempa
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:572
  10. Little is known about the impact of the ecosystem disruption and its contribution on the non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM) diseases (cases) rate in Florida (FL), a state with a high prevalence of NTM in the ...

    Authors: Shweta Kambali, Elena Quinonez, Arash Sharifi, Abdolrazagh Hashemi Shahraki, Naresh Kumar, Jayaweera Dushyantha and Mehdi Mirsaeidi
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:2058
  11. Viral diseases cause significant damage to crop yield and quality. While fungi- and bacteria-induced diseases can be controlled by pesticides, no effective approaches are available to control viruses with chem...

    Authors: Md. Shamim Akhter, Kenji S. Nakahara and Chikara Masuta
    Citation: Virology Journal 2021 18:176
  12. Relatively little is known about how pathogens transmitted by vector insects are affected by changing temperatures analogous to those occurring in the present global warming scenario. One expectation is that, ...

    Authors: Berenice González-Rete, Ana E. Gutiérrez-Cabrera, José Antonio de Fuentes-Vicente, Paz María Salazar-Schettino, Margarita Cabrera-Bravo and Alex Córdoba-Aguilar
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:385
  13. The transmission of vector-borne diseases is governed by complex factors including pathogen characteristics, vector–host interactions, and environmental conditions. Temperature is a major driver for many vecto...

    Authors: Fadoua El Moustaid, Zorian Thornton, Hani Slamani, Sadie J. Ryan and Leah R. Johnson
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:382
  14. Despite scientific evidence that climate change has profound and far reaching implications for public health, translating this knowledge in a manner that supports citizen engagement, applied decision-making, a...

    Authors: Laura Cameron, Rhéa Rocque, Kailey Penner and Ian Mauro
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:617
  15. Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is one of the common intestinal infectious diseases worldwide and has caused huge economic and disease burdens in many countries. The average annual incidence rate of HFMD w...

    Authors: Li Ding, Ning Zhang, Bin Zhu, Jinlin Liu, Xue Wang, Feng Liu and Ying Mao
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:374
  16. The aim of our study was to analyse the influence of air temperature and implemented veterinary measures on salmonellosis incidence in the Czech Republic (CZ).

    Authors: Jan Kynčl, Michaela Špačková, Alena Fialová, Jan Kyselý and Marek Malý
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:55
  17. Aedes albopictus is an indigenous primary vector for dengue and Zika viruses in China. Compared with its insecticide resistance, biology and vector competence, little is known about its genetic variation, which c...

    Authors: Jian Gao, Heng-Duan Zhang, Xiao-Xia Guo, Dan Xing, Yan-De Dong, Ce-Jie Lan, Ge Wang, Chao-Jie Li, Chun-Xiao Li and Tong-Yan Zhao
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:12
  18. The Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is endemic in Iran and has a high fatality rate. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between CCHF incidence and meteorological variables in Zahed...

    Authors: Sairan Nili, Narges Khanjani, Yunes Jahani and Bahram Bakhtiari
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1893
  19. Cystic echinococcosis (CE), a worldwide zoonotic disease, is affected by various biological and environmental factors. We investigated dog/livestock populations, climatic and environmental factors influencing ...

    Authors: Mohammad Amin Ghatee, Koorosh Nikaein, Walter Robert Taylor, Mehdi Karamian, Hasan Alidadi, Zahra Kanannejad, Faezeh Sehatpour, Fateme Zarei and Gholamreza Pouladfar
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1611
  20. Food handlers play a significant role in the transmission of foodborne infections. Salmonella and Shigella are the most common foodborne pathogens and their infections are a major public health problem globally. ...

    Authors: Haftom Legese, Tsega Kahsay, Aderajew Gebrewahd, Brhane Berhe, Berhane Fseha, Senait Tadesse, Guesh Gebremariam, Hadush Negash, Fitsum Mardu, Kebede Tesfay and Gebre Adhanom
    Citation: Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2020 6:19
  21. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. The global emergence of mono- or multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and extensively drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis ...

    Authors: Getachew Kahsu Abay and Bahlbi Hailay Abraha
    Citation: Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2020 6:14
  22. Assessing the vulnerability of an infectious disease such as dengue among endemic population is an important requirement to design proactive programmes in order to improve resilience capacity of vulnerable com...

    Authors: Lahiru Udayanga, Nayana Gunathilaka, M. C. M. Iqbal and W. Abeyewickreme
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:102
  23. Climate change ranks among the most important issues globally, affecting geographic distributions of vectors and pathogens, and inducing losses in livestock production among many other damaging effects. We cha...

    Authors: Roberta Marques, Rodrigo F. Krüger, A. Townsend Peterson, Larissa F. de Melo, Natália Vicenzi and Daniel Jiménez-García
    Citation: Veterinary Research 2020 51:81
  24. Isoniazid prophylaxis therapy is a significant public health intervention to prevent the progression of latent tuberculosis to active tuberculosis disease among people living with HIV. Those with HIV are at hi...

    Authors: Haftom Legese, Hagos Degefa, Aderajew Gebrewahd and Haftay Gebremedhin
    Citation: Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2020 6:11
  25. Malaria continues to be a disease of massive burden in Africa, and the public health resources targeted at surveillance, prevention, control, and intervention comprise large outlays of expense. Malaria transmi...

    Authors: Sadie J. Ryan, Catherine A. Lippi and Fernanda Zermoglio
    Citation: Malaria Journal 2020 19:170
  26. Brucellosis is a serious public health problem primarily affecting livestock workers. The strong seasonality of the disease indicates that climatic factors may play important roles in the transmission of the d...

    Authors: Kun Liu, Zurong Yang, Weifeng Liang, Tianci Guo, Yong Long and Zhongjun Shao
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:506
  27. Dengue virus, an Aedes mosquito-borne flavivirus, is associated with close to 400 million reported infections per annum worldwide. Reduction of dengue virus transmission depends entirely on limiting Aedes breedin...

    Authors: Olav T. Muurlink and Andrew W. Taylor-Robinson
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:37
  28. Infectious diarrhea can lead to a considerable global disease burden. Thus, the accurate prediction of an infectious diarrhea epidemic is crucial for public health authorities. This study was aimed at developi...

    Authors: Xinyu Fang, Wendong Liu, Jing Ai, Mike He, Ying Wu, Yingying Shi, Wenqi Shen and Changjun Bao
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:222
  29. Amphibians are one of the most susceptible groups to climate change as their development occurs in aquatic environments or in microhabitats with high humidity. Accordingly, our primary objective was to investi...

    Authors: W. A. Manasee T. Weerathunga and Gayani Rajapaksa
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2020 17:3
  30. General knowledge on climate change effects and adaptation strategies has increased significantly in recent years. However, there is still a substantial information gap regarding the influence of climate chang...

    Authors: Anna Omazic, Helena Bylund, Sofia Boqvist, Ann Högberg, Christer Björkman, Morten Tryland, Birgitta Evengård, Anders Koch, Camilla Berggren, Alexander Malogolovkin, Denis Kolbasov, Nataly Pavelko, Tomas Thierfelder and Ann Albihn
    Citation: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 2019 61:53
  31. A major health burden in Cameroon is malaria, a disease that is sensitive to climate, environment and socio-economic conditions, but whose precise relationship with these drivers is still uncertain. An improve...

    Authors: Amelie D. Mbouna, Adrian M. Tompkins, Andre Lenouo, Ernest O. Asare, Edmund I. Yamba and Clement Tchawoua
    Citation: Malaria Journal 2019 18:359
  32. The incidence of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) varies over space and time and this variability is related to climate and social-economic factors. Majority of studies on HFMD were carried out in humid reg...

    Authors: Jie Li, Xiangxue Zhang, Li Wang, Chengdong Xu, Gexin Xiao, Ran Wang, Fang Zheng and Fang Wang
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1482
  33. The climate variables that directly influence vector-borne diseases’ ecosystems are mainly temperature and rainfall. This is not only because the vectors bionomics are strongly dependent upon these variables, ...

    Authors: Florence Fouque and John C. Reeder
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2019 8:51
  34. Drylands, which are among the biosphere’s most naturally limiting and environmentally variable ecosystems, constitute three-quarters of the African continent. As a result, environmental sustainability and huma...

    Authors: Bruce A. Wilcox, Pierre Echaubard, Michel de Garine-Wichatitsky and Bernadette Ramirez
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2019 8:36
  35. Little is known about how human disease vectors will modify their life history patterns and survival capacity as a result of climate change. One case is that of Chagas disease, which has triatomine bugs and Trypa...

    Authors: Berenice González-Rete, Paz María Salazar-Schettino, Martha I. Bucio-Torres, Alex Córdoba-Aguilar and Margarita Cabrera-Bravo
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:219