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Climate Change Likely to Worsen Threat of Diarrheal Disease in Botswana, Arid African Countries
March 29, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.In a National Science Foundation-funded study, Kathleen Alexander, an associate professor of wildlife at Virginia Tech, found that climate drives a large part of diarrheal disease and increases the threat that climate change poses on vulnerable communities. The only study of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa is based on three decades of historical data and has important implications for arid countries around the world struggling with poverty and increasing health challenges.Full Story
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