One undisputed consequence of our changing climate is the spread of infectious diseases into new regions as their habitats change. Many so-called tropical diseases are now moving into more temperate latitudes.
While Washington fiddles and California burns, deadly microbes are on the march.
Diseases, particularly those that are carried by mosquitoes, fleas and ticks, are expanding into new regions. No matter where you live in the US, one or more of the infectious diseases they bear is or will soon be in your neighborhood. Recently, The Center for Biological Diversity published an interactive map that shows the tick- and insect-borne diseases which are predicted to enter your locale.
How Skin Is Impacted By The Shifting Landscape Of Infectious Diseases
Global warming is shifting the landscape of infectious diseases, and skin is a player on this field because – at the very least – it provides the ‘portal of entry’ through which microbes can be introduced by these biting ‘arthropods’, (the invertebrate phylum that includes insects and ticks). But beyond serving as the entry point, skin often is involved at an early stage in these infections and its involvement can provide the key clue to the correct diagnosis. The rash of Lyme disease is a good example.