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AAN 2024 | Effects of climate change on neurologic infectious diseases

Dr Monica Diaz, MD, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, highlights the implications of climate change on brain health. As global temperatures rise, hotter summers and shorter winters extend the breeding seasons for disease vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks. This increases the prevalence of infections they carry, such as malaria, particularly in the regions most affected by climate change. Dr Diaz emphasizes the importance of surveillance programs to detect emerging and re-emerging neuroinfectious diseases and she advocates for the establishment of a centralized database accessible to low- and middle-income countries, currently lacking adequate diagnostic laboratory capabilities. Additionally, ongoing epidemiological efforts to track infection rates and their correlation with rising temperatures are essential in managing the growing threat to brain health posed by climate change. This interview took place at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting 2024 in Denver, CO.

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