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NCCEH Student Project Award 2016 - S Chen

Climate Change and Infectious Disease Risk in the Canadian North

S Chen
University of Toronto - Master of Public Health in Epidemiology

  • Climate change may lead to infectious disease risk in the Canadian North
  • The Canadian North may be particularly vulnerable to these risks because of increased rates and magnitude of warming and traditionally close ties with the land
  • Water-borne, food-borne, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases may be influenced by climate change
  • There exists little evidence on infectious disease risk and climate change
  • Surveillance on climate and infectious disease data in the Canadian North should be improved
  • Interventions should be culturally appropriate and tied to traditional indigenous knowledge and practices