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Introduction: •The average annual temperature in Vermont has gradual increased roughly 1° Centigrade with an increase of 1.16 inches of annual precipitation over the past 112 years. •According to expert analysis, humans are responsible for 60% of the warming overthe past 140 years. •Projected greater than 1° Centigrade increase in global temperature by 2100 and a correlated rise in precipitation. •Climate changes result in the introduction and reproduction of non-endemic flora and fauna. •Vector-borne diseases accompany warming trends and can become endemic and cause new illnesses in areas which were previously uninhabitable.


Razelle Hoffman-Contois, MS, Vermont Department of Health

William Bress, PhD, Vermont Department of Health

Jan Carney, MD, MPH, University of Vermont College of Medicine


Vermont Department of Health Environmental Health Division


Environmental Health


Presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo, Philadelphia, PA; November 9, 2009 as "Warming Climate Changes Vermont Disease," by Eliabeth Baker, Matthew Meyer, Asya MuMin, Lindsay Oliver, Daniel Oppenheimer, Steven Perrins, Whitney Young, Razelle Hoffman-Contois, MS, William Bress, PhD and Jan K. Carney, MD MPH.

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Warming Climate Changes Vermont Disease