Asthma Inhaler” by NIAID licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

Source: Science Daily

In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, global warming may create infections such as asthma and allergies within organisms.

Scientists found the fungus Alternaria alternata multiplies when carbon dioxide levels are high in the atmosphere.

As a result, the fungus can cause damage to the airway lining of individuals, ultimately contributing to breathing difficulties.

With current warming trends, the researchers noted that prolonged exposure to the fungus can exacerbate asthma and various allergy symptoms.

“These results suggest that continuing increases in atmospheric CO2 associated with global climate change will increase both the level of Alternaria exposure and antigenicity [the ability to produce an immune response] of spores that come in contact with the airways,” the report stated.

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Global Warming Identified as Possible Cause for Asthma

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