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Climate Change and Foodborne Disease

Use the information below to help integrate climate considerations into your existing public health practice.

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Program Area: Foodborne Disease

Changes in our climate might catch us off-guard.

Key messages

  • Changes in temperature, precipitation, and extreme weather are key drivers of pathogen introduction, food contamination, and foodborne disease.
  • The occurrence of some pathogens, such as Salmonella, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Campylobacter are likely to increase due to changing climate conditions in Oregon.

What can public health practitioners do?

  • Strategically communicate food safety messages after extreme weather events and right before summer when there are increased cases of Salmonella, Campylobacter and E. coli.