Climate change in Illinois has a direct connection to health conditions
Health effects of climate change in Illinois
Illinois residents are experiencing incidences of West Nile Virus and Zika borne by mosquitos and Lyme disease caused by tick bites.
Heat waves cause both threats to health and reduce worker productivity in outdoor environments. Extreme cold weather events account for about 94 percent of all temperature-related deaths.
Diseases linked to flooding
Flooding of Illinois rivers, waterways and lakes contributes to mold damage, intestinal infections caused by polluted drinking water and emotional distress.
High levels of pollen and ozone are major drivers of asthma attacks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework to assist state health department preparing for health problems caused by climate change. Faculty and staff at the UIC School of Public Health are implementing the BRACE framework on behalf of the Illinois Department of Public Health, assisting with emergency preparedness, climate literacy, heat wave alerts and data analysis for the state and for local health departments across Illinois.