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January 27, 1999

Weather and Disease

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999American Medical Association

JAMA. 1999;281(4):314. doi:10.1001/jama.281.4.314

Epidemiology has met ecology in a new report from the American Academy of Microbiology.

Based on a colloquium the academy convened last year, the report discusses the effects of weather and climate factors on the incidence of infectious disease.

"We can't just focus on the microbe anymore," said Jonathan Patz, MD, of the Johns Hopkins University Program on Health Effects of Global Environmental Change. "It is not just a simple relationship between weather variables and pathogens. We need to connect existing databases on such factors as land use patterns, deforestation, and soil moisture to public health outcomes."