What’s More Fun Than Global Warming? Global Warming And Diarrhea!

There’s probably some vomiting involved as well (boldface mine):

Background. Positive associations have been noted between temperature and diarrhea incidence, but considerable uncertainty surrounds quantitative estimates of this relationship because of pathogen-specific factors and a scarcity of data on the influence of meteorological factors on the risk of disease. Quantifying these relationships is important for disease prevention and climate change adaptation.

Methods. To address these issues, we performed a systematic literature review of studies in which at least 1 full year of data on the monthly incidence of diarrheagenic Escherichia coli were reported. We characterized seasonal patterns of disease incidence from 28 studies. In addition, using monthly time- and location-specific weather data for 18 studies, we performed univariate Poisson models on individual studies and a meta-analysis, using a generalized estimating equation, on the entire data set.

Results. We found an 8% increase in the incidence of diarrheagenic E. coli (95% confidence interval, 5%–11%; P < .0001) for each 1°C increase in mean monthly temperature. We found a modest positive association between 1-month-lagged mean rainfall and incidence of diarrheagenic E. coli, which was not statistically significant when we controlled for temperature.

Conclusions. These results suggest that increases in ambient temperature correspond to an elevated incidence of diarrheagenic E. coli and underscore the need to redouble efforts to prevent the transmission of these pathogens in the face of increasing global temperatures.

And, of course, increased diarrhea can lead to increased antibiotic use (even when it’s not warranted). But global warming is a librul Kenyan Marxist plot. Or something.

Is it wrong to hope global warming deniers come down with the runs?

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One Response to What’s More Fun Than Global Warming? Global Warming And Diarrhea!

  1. albanaeon says:

    “Is it wrong to hope global warming deniers come down with the runs?”

    No.

    Much nicer than they really even deserve. actually.

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