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    Support for this project was provided by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Global Change Research Program, and the Electric Power Research Institute. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.

    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

    Under the weather : climate, ecosystems, and infectious disease / National Research Council Division on Earth and Life Studies Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Committee on Climate, Ecosystems, Infectious Disease, and Human Health.

    p. cm.

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    ISBN 0-309-07278-6

    1. Medical climatology. 2. Epidemiology. 3. Communicable diseases.

    I. National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Climate, Ecosystems, Infectious Disease, and Human Health.

    RA793 .U53 2001

    616.9'88—dc21

    2001001905

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