Researchers and doctors fear that incoming summer may pose a threat to the Russians due to climate warming. Viktor Maleev, chief specialist for infectious diseases of the Ministry of Health and Social Development, said today that ?there may be a rise in the rate of infectious and parasitic diseases in Russia due to a climate change this summer that is excepted to be hot and dry.? According to him, a medical assistance system to help patients diagnosed with cholera and enteric diseases under conditions of severe dehydration has been already developed in Russia.
Heat wave also creates favorable conditions for the onset of such diseases as cholera, malaria, typhoid fever, Crimean hemorrhagic fever, Blue Nile fever and a few others, said Maleev. ?However, cardiac infarction and stroke may climb the highest rates during the summer heat,? said he. The official reminded that around 15 thousand people died last summer in France when temperatures rose dramatically and medical assistance was either late or unavailable.
?Russia shouldn?t be caught off-guard and should have its own national plan of actions applicable in case of a climate warming,? said Professor Boris Revich from the Center of Demography and Human Ecology under the National Economy Forecasting Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He said that the plan proposals would be discussed on a joint meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Russian Academy of Medical Sciences slated for July 5 this year.
The meeting is expected to gather climatologists, meteorologists, infectionists, and cardilogists. They will deliver reports on climate change and its impact on Russia?s population in 21st century. The World Health Organization and World Bank officials will also take part in the meeting, as reported by RIA Novosti News Agency.
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