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Type: Journal article
Title: The impact of climate change on infectious disease transmission: perceptions of CDC health professionals in Shanxi Province, China
Author: Wei, J.
Hansen, A.
Zhang, Y.
Li, H.
Liu, Q.
Sun, Y.
Xue, S.
Zhao, S.
Bi, P.
Citation: PLoS One, 2014; 9(10):e109476-1-e109476-8
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1932-6203
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Junni Wei, Alana Hansen, Ying Zhang, Hong Li, Qiyong Liu, Yehuan Sun, Shulian Xue, Shufang Zhao, Peng Bi
Abstract: There have been increasing concerns about the challenge of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases due to climate change, especially in developing countries including China. Health professionals play a significant role in the battle to control and prevent infectious diseases. This study therefore aims to investigate the perceptions and attitudes of health professionals at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in different levels in China, and to consider adaptation measures to deal with the challenge of climate change. In 2013, a cross-sectional questionnaire survey was undertaken among 314 staff in CDCs in Shanxi Province, China, whose routine work involves disease control and prevention. Data were analyzed using descriptive methods and logistic regression. A majority of the CDC staff were aware of the health risks from climate change, especially its impacts on infectious disease transmission in their jurisdictions, and believed climate change might bring about both temporal and spatial change in transmission patterns. It was thought that adaptation measures should be established including: strengthening/improving currently existing disease surveillance systems and vector monitoring; building CDC capacity in terms of infrastructure and in-house health professional training; development and refinement of relevant legislation, policies and guidelines; better coordination among various government departments; the involvement of the community in infectious disease interventions; and collaborative research with other institutions. This study provides a snapshot of the understanding of CDC staff regarding climate change risks relevant to infectious diseases and adaptation in China. Results may help inform future efforts to develop adaptation measures to minimize infectious disease risks due to climate change.
Keywords: Humans
Communicable Diseases
Government Agencies
Middle Aged
Health Personnel
Young Adult
Climate Change
Epidemiological Monitoring
Rights: © 2014 Wei et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109476
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