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The World in Medicine
August 8, 2001

Some Like It Hotter

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JAMA. 2001;286(6):663. doi:10.1001/jama.286.6.663

Tickborne encephalitis (TBE) has substantially increased in Sweden since the mid-1980s, and scientists think they know why: global warming has fostered an increasingly mild, tick-friendly climate (Lancet. 2001;358:16-18).

The incidence of TBE has increased substantially in Stockholm County in central Sweden since 1984, a time that coincided with a shift toward a milder climate, with spring arriving an average of 12 days earlier in the mid-1990s compared with 1960. With this in mind, researchers at Stockholm University investigated whether the surge in TBE cases and climate change was linked.

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