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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 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

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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