The Annual Assembly of the World Health Organization talked about the effect of global warming on air and water borne illness.
The Geneva assembly said that global warming has already begun have an impact on water-born and parasitic illness in drought and flood prone areas, according to Reuters News (reuters.com).
The climate changes borough about by global warming encourage more disease carrying ticks and allow mosquito’s to thrive in areas of Africa and Asia, according to health officials.
According to Reuters, Bettina Menne of European Division said that respiratory and heart problems may become more marked following heat wave and increased particulate matter such as dust in the air”. Bettina Menne also noted that “allergy-causing pollen could be released earlier and last longer with warmer temperatures.”
In northern Europe, the movement of ticks and small mites can spread Lyme disease.
In the developing world, outbreaks of cholera and malaria in the developing world were a result of environmental shifts affecting parasites and water sources, according to Bettina Menne.
Allergies are caused by a number of irritants, including airborne dust and pollens. Pollens are generated by trees, grass, plants and weeds. Airborne allergies are a major cause of illness and disability. Inhaling airborne allergens can product a number of different symptoms. Symptoms include asthma, sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, allergic shiners, itching eyes, itching nose, itching throat, conjunctivitis, watering eyes, headaches, difficulty breathing, hives or a skin rash.
The overall warmer climates result in longer seasons of allergy causing pollens. The warmer temperature causes longer seasons of blowing pollen, causing allergy sufferers increased discomfort and illness.
Lyme disease is an infectious disease transmitted by particular ticks. The ticks are chiefly in the United States and Europe. Lyme disease affects the nervous system, heart, eye and joints. Lyme disease can be a very debilitating.
Malaria is a disease that can be transmitted to people of all ages. Parasites that are spread from person to person from the bites of infected mosquitoes cause malaria. Symptoms include: fever, headache, chills and vomits. symptoms appears 10 to 15 days after a person is infected. There are four different types of human malaria, which can be deadly. Malaria different in intensity and is affected by local factors such as rainfall, proximity of mosquito breeding sites and mosquito species. Those at most risks for contracting the disease live in the world’s poorest countries.
Approximately 40% of the world’s population is at risk. More that 500 million people become severely ill with malaria every year. Most cases are in sub-Saharan Africa. There are also regions of Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Europe that are affected.
The World Health Organization said that countries that start to battle global warming now won’t have to wait generations to see results. The rewards of burning cleaner fuels can yield immediate health benefits, according to experts, as reported by ENN, Environmental News Network in as Associated Press article written by Margie Mason.
Big developing countries, such as China and India can play a huge role in improving health by using cleaner energy sources, according to Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, a scientist on global environmental change and health at the World Health Organization in Geneva. He said in a phone interview” The policy options that you choose to try to cut (carbon dioxide) emissions also have very important health effects. If you choose the right ones, then you can certainly have a win-win at cutting C02 emission and directly benefit health”
The information in this article is not intended as medical information. If you have a medical condition, consult a physician.