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How the 2015-2016 El Niño Triggered Outbreaks Across the Globe I NASA

Discussion in 'Geography' started by AndrewvanZyl, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. AndrewvanZyl

    AndrewvanZyl Occasional commenter

    Published on Feb 28, 2019
    The 2015-2016 El Niño event brought weather conditions that triggered regional disease outbreaks throughout the world, according to a new NASA study that is the first to comprehensively assess the public health impacts of the major climate event on a global scale. El Niño is an irregularly recurring climate pattern characterized by warmer than usual ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, which creates a ripple effect of anticipated weather changes in far-spread regions of Earth. During the 2015-2016 event, changes in precipitation, land surface temperatures and vegetation created and facilitated conditions for transmission of diseases, resulting in an uptick in reported cases for plague and hantavirus in Colorado and New Mexico, cholera in Tanzania, and dengue fever in Brazil and Southeast Asia, among others.
     

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