Climate change causes epidemics

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BAGUIO CITY: The rise in cases and re-emergence of diseases like dengue, measles, and meningococcemia can be linked to climate-change, Department of Health–Cordillera Assistant Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan said climate change has caused a rise in climate-sensitive diseases such as dengue. “We used to have dengue on a seasonal basis,” she related. However, cases of the disease have been reported all year due to, among other things, frequent rains. In the Cordilleras, cases of dengue are now being reported from February until December, compared to 10 to 20 years ago when dengue cases were reported mostly during the rainy season.

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