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Type: Journal article
Title: Infectious diseases, urbanization and climate change: challenges in future China
Author: Tong, M.
Hansen, A.
Hanson-Easey, S.
Cameron, S.
Xiang, J.
Liu, Q.
Sun, Y.
Weinstein, P.
Han, G.-.S.
Williams, C.
Bi, P.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2015; 12(9):11025-11036
Publisher: MDPI
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1661-7827
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Michael Xiaoliang Tong, Alana Hansen, Scott Hanson-Easey, Scott Cameron, Jianjun Xiang, Qiyong Liu, Yehuan Sun, Philip Weinstein, Gil-Soo Han, Craig Williams, and Peng Bi
Abstract: China is one of the largest countries in the world with nearly 20% of the world’s population. There have been significant improvements in economy, education and technology over the last three decades. Due to substantial investments from all levels of government, the public health system in China has been improved since the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak. However, infectious diseases still remain a major population health issue and this may be exacerbated by rapid urbanization and unprecedented impacts of climate change. This commentary aims to explore China’s current capacity to manage infectious diseases which impair population health. It discusses the existing disease surveillance system and underscores the critical importance of strengthening the system. It also explores how the growing migrant population, dramatic changes in the natural landscape following rapid urbanization, and changing climatic conditions can contribute to the emergence and re-emergence of infectious disease. Continuing research on infectious diseases, urbanization and climate change may inform the country’s capacity to deal with emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in the future.
Keywords: climate change; urbanization; infectious disease; disease surveillance; challenges; disease control and prevention
Rights: © 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (
RMID: 0030035380
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph120911025
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