Animal husbandry

Climate change increases the risk of outbreaks of infectious animal diseases. Risk ratio, and the infectious agents represent the most serious threats and are assessed differently and vary between countries.

According to SMHI's climate scenarios the average temperature is expected to increase, the precipitation pattern will change to be more uneven and more extreme weather situations will occur in the future in Sweden.

Therefore it is important that Sweden is well-prepared for discovering new animal diseases, has the right measures for disease outbreaks and that there is a good collaboration between the agencies concerned.

Climate change will lead to an increased risk of many climate-sensitive animal diseases. However, it is difficult to say to what extent this will happen. It is also difficult to distinguish the impact of climate change on infectious diseases from the influence of other factors.