Climate's link to plague

Climate's link to plague

Cases in U.S. Southwest correlate with cyclic changes in Pacific ocean temperature

By Janet Raloff, 12:32 PM September 9, 2010

Warmer, drier conditions in the Southwest may be bad for gardeners, real estate developers and fish, but this climatic trend promises to depress the risk of bubonic plague, an international team of scientists reports. Their new study correlates changes in long-term climatic patterns with incidence of the deadly bacterial pestilence, one spread by fleas living on and around mice and other rodents.

The El Ni±o Southern Oscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation are two major patterns of Pacifi...

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