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Public Health
Climate change as a scapegoat for veterinary public health problems
  1. L. Mughini Gras
  1. Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Via Tolara di Sopra 50, 40064 Ozzano dell'Emilia (BO), Italy
  1. e-mail: lapo.mughinigras2{at}

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CLIMATE change is having alarming effects on global ecosystem health, with increasing evidence of it contributing to the burden of infectious diseases, particularly vectorborne diseases, and premature deaths in both people and animals (eg, Semenza and Menne 2009).

An ever-growing number of studies, often reinforced by the media, envisage catastrophic epidemiological scenarios, leading one to think that climate change is responsible for every conceivable health disaster. It was therefore appropriate for Oxenham (VR, December 18, 2010, vol 167, p 985) to have pointed out that climate change alarmism is often politically driven, possibly resulting to targeted allocation in grant funds.

I respectfully deny climate change scepticism, and this letter is meant to highlight another ‘political’ …

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