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Paleoclimate and bubonic plague: a forewarning of future risk?

McMichael, Anthony J.

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Pandemics of bubonic plague have occurred in Eurasia since the sixth century AD. Climatic variations in Central Asia affect the population size and activity of the plague bacterium's reservoir rodent species, influencing the probability of human infection. Using innovative time-series analysis of surrogate climate records spanning 1,500 years, a study in BMC Biology concludes that climatic fluctuations may have influenced these pandemics. This has potential implications for health risks from...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010-08-27
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/95198
Source: BMC biology
DOI: 10.1186/1741-7007-8-108

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