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Climate Change Connected to Infectious Human Diseases

Call for Papers

Several infectious diseases are more often observed in some seasons of the year, and it has been determined that climate change occurred in the human history as today. Some climate change disease may increase malaria, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, and tick-borne diseases. Climate change may directly or indirectly affect food- and water-borne diseases infections and respiratory infections. The climate alteration may interplay with geographic areas and demographic factors, as well as behavior and social habits.

Climate change will also influence the human immune system, with consequently different response to diagnoses and treatments concerning bacteria, viruses, or parasites.

Changes in temperature, rain precipitation, relative humidity, and air pollution may influence viral activity and transmission of respiratory infections especially in infants and elderly. Salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis are more common when temperatures are higher, though patterns differ by place and microorganism. According to the life-cycle model of helminths, climate variables may affect the reemergence of helminthiases in zoonotic and human disease also in the Mediterranean European region.

To date, research needs to be conducted to investigate a connection between pathogenesis, epidemiology of infection, diagnosis and treatment, antibiotics and resistance, immunology, and climate change with particular attention to the established contact rates between human, livestock, hosts, and vectors. In particular, subjects with preexisting cardiopulmonary diseases or disadvantaged individuals may be at particular risk for infectious disease during climate change. Adaptation and mitigation measures are strongly needed. This special issue summarized the efforts to identify what drives the rise of infectious diseases with all aspects connected, during climate change and how emerging microbes may be transmitted from hosts to human.

The guest editors call not only for original research manuscripts as well as review manuscripts but also for rare case studies in medical microbiology in the form of case report and literature review.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Vector-borne disease and climate change
  • Water-borne disease and climate change
  • Food-borne disease and climate change
  • Climate change and helminth infections
  • Research techniques advanced in microbiological method and benefit of the ecological system
  • Climate change, infectious disease, and frailty population

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 13 July 2018
Publication DateNovember 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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