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PRESIDENTIAL ORATION
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-7

Climate adaptation impacting parasitic infection


President, The Indian Academy of Tropical Parasitology; Vice Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Puducherry, India

Correspondence Address:
Subhash Chandra Parija
Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Puducherry
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/tp.tp_32_22

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The steady and ongoing change in climatic patterns across the globe is triggering a cascade of climate-adaptive phenomena, both genetic and behavioral in parasites, and influencing the host–pathogen–transmission triangle. Parasite and vector traits are now heavily influenced due to increasing temperature that almost dissolved geospatial boundaries and impacted the basic reproductive number of parasites. As consequence, continents unknown to some parasites are experiencing altered distribution and abundance of new and emerging parasites that are developing into a newer epidemiological model. These are posing a burden to healthcare and higher disease prevalence. This calls for multidisciplinary actions focusing on One Health to improve and innovate in areas of detection, reporting, and medical countermeasures to combat the growing threat of parasite emergence owing to climate adaptations for better public health outcomes.


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