Global warming spreads meningitis bacteria

“The face of climate change ought to be people,” epidemiologist George Luber, associate director for global climate change at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview last week. “We ought to kind of internalize it.”

“Soggy Vancouver Island in British Columbia has become an unlikely new home for Cryptococcus gattii, a tropical and subtropical yeast-based fungus that causes lung disease and a kind of meningitis when it is inhaled. Scientists think the fungus hitched a ride in ballast water from ships and was able to survive in the northwest because of higher temperatures.” [Climatewire]

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