Untangling the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Enteric Diseases

2:00 pm
3:30 pm
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Karen Levy, PhD
Associate Professor of Environmental Health at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Seminar Series
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Open to the Public
Altered enteric disease patterns are often cited as a likely health impact of climate change, but the relationships between meteorological exposures and all-cause diarrheal diseases can be complex. In this talk, I will summarize a series of systematic reviews that our group recently carried out on the literature exploring these relationships. I will also describe some of the challenges of measuring the associations between climate and enteric diseases, in particularly with respect to rainfall. I will present our group’s empirical work and the methods we have used to examine the sometimes complicated relationships between rainfall on diarrhea incidence across multiple different settings and enteric pathogens. Finally, I will describe an overarching framework for approaching climate-health studies to increase our ability to provide useful and actionable results for climate change adaptation strategies.


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