JOHANNESBURG, 7 October 2009 (IRIN)
- Cholera is not only linked to climate change, it also has an El Niño
angle. For instance, Papua New Guinea, an island state in the Pacific Ocean,
recorded its first cholera cases in 50 years in 2009, which also happens
to be an El Niño year.
The periodic flow of warm sea water across
the surface of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean, called El Niño, can
lead to higher atmospheric temperatures and heavy rains.
When these conditions are coupled with
the rise in temperature and heavy rainfalls caused by climate change, ideal