Urban gardens are breeding grounds
And that is exactly what researchers discovered. The Anopheles mosquito was present in Nairobi because the environment was changing. Typical of many newly arrived slum dwellers, Paulina Karugo grows vegetables on a small plot of land behind her home.
But in the process, she and hundreds of others have unknowingly created the perfect breeding ground for the Anopheles mosquito — a hot zone of infection.” http://www.pbs.org/journeytoplanetearth/hope/nairobi.html
Bats ‚Äì Most bats eat fruit or insects but a few species suck blood and spread diseases such as rabies. These bats are coming into contact with people due to deforestation and because humans are moving into areas where bats live.http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4400000/newsid_4401200/4401264.stm
Fleas ‚Äì Are the only vectors that can spread due to global warming because they prefer warm, moist climate. The disease that it spreads, bubonic plague, is not on the rise. According to the CDC “in the United States, the last urban plague epidemic occurred in Los Angeles in 1924-25. Since then, human plague in the United States has occurred as mostly scattered cases in rural areas (an average of 10 to 15 persons each year).”http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/plague/index.htm
Lice – Al Gore’s claim that global warming causes the spread lice is a joke, because what actually spreads lice is contact with a person who is infested with the parasite.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pediculosis
Algae – (harmful algal blooms, HAB) According to the NOAA there has been an increase in harmful algal blooms in the oceans off of North America. NOAA says the cause of these blooms is unknown. Harmful algae produce toxins such as domonic acid; these toxins accumulate in shellfish that are eaten by humans. When people eat these infected shellfish, they usually experience mild side effects, but in extreme cases people have died. http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/hab/research/nwfsc_research/algal_growth/index.html
Snails ‚Äì Can spread several diseases, one such family of diseases is related to “rat lung” or “roundworm.” This disease is spread back and forth when rats and snails eat each other’s feces. There is one confirmed case in the United States that happened when a boy ate a snail “on a dare”. The boy suffered flue-like symptoms for about two weeks.
This family of parasites is more common in Asia and the Pacific Islands and usually is contracted when people eat undercooked snails, but also undercooked crabs and freshwater shrimp.
Katayama’s Fever is another disease spread by snails in tropical countries. Some locals call this infection “swimmer’s itch, ” you may have seen movies where people in the jungle were told not to urinate while swimming, because “the bugs will swim up your ding-dong.” Katayama’s Fever usually results in severe urinary tract infections, but some forms of the disease enter the nerves system where they lay eggs in the brain. While this disease has a low mortality rate, life for the infected human host is usually extremely uncomfortable. There are many species of snails all over the world, I have found several articles on the Internet about snails and global warming and they all talk about global warming killing snails, not spreading them. Nevertheless, if you do not want a disease spread by snails, then be careful of what you eat and what you do when you swim at the local waterhole.
In what was another laughable scare tactic, Gore noted global warming worsens various diseases. Below is a list of each disease, their causes and some tips on prevention
West Nile Virus ‚Äì Al gore showed a map of the United States, and how quickly the West Nile Virus spread across the country. Mosquitoes first brought the West Nile Virus to the United States aboard airliners that were not treated with insecticides. Once in the United States the disease spread quickly by native birds and mosquitoes that are plentiful in the United States. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm
Dengue fever – A disease spread by mosquitoes, and was a serious problem until the 1950’s. Between 1950 and 1970 a worldwide eradication program significantly reduced the disease by killing the mosquitoes until the use of DDT was stopped in the 1970’s. Dengue fever has been on the rise ever since, and again is becoming a serous problem worldwide. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/dengue/
Ebola virus – Contracted by eating or coming into contact with infected monkeys. Avoid local delicacies when traveling abroad. Planet Ark : FEATURE-Monkey brains off the menu in central Africa
Aona virus – Contracted by inhaling dust particles related to the feces of rodents. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/arena.htm
Hanta virus – Contracted by coming into contact with mice droppings. Mousetraps, pet cats and precautions when camping. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hanta/hps/noframes/prevent6.htm
Pulmonary Syndrome – The only listing I could find was for Hanta Virus Pulmonary Syndrome so I guess Al was slightly repetitive.
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) – A respiratory/ gastrointestinal virus that spreads like the common cold. In 2003 the outbreak began in Asia when two lab workers contracted the disease after handling laboratory urine and stool samples. Eight people in the United Stated were infected with this virus after traveling to other countries where there was an outbreak of the virus. There are no known cases of the disease in the world at this time.
CDC | Fact Sheet: Basic Information About SARS
Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis – Caused by inadequate treatment or improper use of the anti-tuberculosis medications. If you get TB, do what your doctor tells you to do.http://www.who.int/tb/dots/dotsplus/en/
E. Coli – Caused by poor food handling and eating uncooked meat. The best prevention is education and practice of safe food handling and cooking as suggested by public health professionals.
Lyme Disease – Spread to humans by ticks. More people are becoming infected because more people are moving into the wooded areas where ticks live. Lyme Disease is also common among hikers and people who spend time in the outdoors, especially those people who do not take the proper precautions. If you live in a wooded area or spend a lot of time in the outdoors, take precautions and educate yourself about the symptoms of Lyme Disease.
Avian Flu – The outbreaks of avian flu that have been recorded have mainly been started in China. Most people in developed countries buy chicken that is packaged and processed, but in China, people usually buy their chickens live and process them at home. This is how avian flu usually gets started; when an outbreak of avian flu is detected the Chinese government quarantines the sick people, then kills millions of chickens in markets and on farms. Avian flu is also spreading around the world by birds and has nothing to do with climate. http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4400000/newsid_4401200/4401264.stm
Al brought up the coral bleaching issue, an issue that is often cited in global warming debates. Coral has an interesting relationship with algae that is required for coral to survive. Coral does not actually bleach, the colorful algae dies causing the coral to die.
Researching the coral bleaching was interesting. When reading reputable sites, I noticed that coral bleaching due to global warming normally followed words such as “maybe, ” “possibly, ” “potentially, ” “could be” and “might be.”
Now let’s see what was actually observed.