Extreme Events and Health an Italian Pilot Study

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Global environmental change is an urgent threat to human health and the effects are already visible and detectable around the world. The serious effects on the environment, ecosystem and health will be more evident and dramatic in the next future. The health consequences represent one the most important challenges that will be addressed in the coming decades. The human health is threatened, not only by the direct effects related to extreme weather events, but also by the consequences of global changes on the environment and on the prevalence of infectious and non-transmissible diseases. The most vulnerable populations are those living in larger cities, more exposed to pollution, and those living in mountainous or coastal areas with high hydrogeological risks.. Over the past seven years, Rome has recorded 17 episodes of intense flooding, of which the majority in the recent years. The beginning of 2014 was characterized by a strong and intense rainfall, with the most intense phase of phenomena on January 31st. Furthermore violent thunderstorm, characterized by an exceptional rainfall rates, affected the Latium region on February 3, 2014. Some areas have been sub-merged by water (between 30 and 40 cm) for about four days. The research goal is to contribute to the knowledge of the effect on health of floods. A cognitive investigation was carried out with an ad hoc questionnaire on two pilot areas: located in Latium Region (Italy) named Fiumicino (the Tevere river outfall) and the Alto Reatino (Velino river), where major alluvial events occurred.. In flooded areas, the basic doctors were interviewed through a questionnaire that reported all the information concerning the extreme event and its consequences on the health of their patients, with particular attention to the period when the rainfall appended
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4979-4983
Number of pages5
JournalFresenius Environmental Bulletin
Issue number6/2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 24 2019


  • Extreme events
  • Ecosystem
  • health
  • global environmental change


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