Climate Goes Viral – Disease outbreaks could be coming your way

This article has an interactive map that shows the impact of climate change on health, as disease-carrying creatures move north.

You don’t have to wait decades to witness the impacts of climate change in the United States. There are one of thousands of Americans who have already become victims of the tick-borne diseases outbreaks currently spreading across the Northeast because of warming temperatures.

As average temperatures across the United States and the rest of the world climb, disease-carrying ticks and insects have started spreading farther north, reaching places where winters were previously too long and cold for them to survive. Tick populations in wintery Maine, for instance, have exploded, causing cases of some diseases to multiply by 30 times in just the past decade.

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