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Global environmental health expert Dr Paul Epstein passed away on Sunday

Posted Nov 22 2011 4:06am

On Sunday, Dr Paul Epstein, the first health expert to identify a link between climate change and the spread of infectious diseases, passed away at his home in Boston, USA.

From the early 1990s onwards, Dr Epstein published numerous studies exhibiting an association between algae blooms (caused by warming oceans) and spates of cholera; warmer temperatures and mosquito-caused encephalitisInflammation of the brain.; coal burning and a worldwide asthmaA respiratory disease featuring attacks of breathlessness and wheezing due to inflammation and narrowing of the upper airways. There is often an allergic component. epidemicA sudden outbreak of infection that affects a large proportion of a population.. By using other research published into the effects of climate change on the natural environment Dr Epstein found that these were often correlated with public health disasters.

Former Vice President of the USA, Al Gore, released a statement on Monday stating that Dr Epstein had a “…rare ability to communicate the subtleties and complexities of his field.” Dr Epstein’s death from lymphomaA type of cancer that affects the lymph nodes, part of the immune system. brings the concerns of sustainable healthcare, climate change and communicable diseases to the forefront of our minds and reminds us not to ‘rest on our laurels’ when it comes to both environmental health and public health.

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