Extreme weather events and health responses in Taiwan

Li San Hung, Mei Hui Li*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this study, epidemiological studies on the effects of temperature-related and water-related extreme events on health in Taiwan were reviewed. Results of studies on the effects of temperate-related extreme events on health have varied because of the different indices used and diseases targeted; however, overall, these studies suggest that extreme low-temperature events generate greater mortality risk than do extreme high-temperature events, although health consequences from extreme high-temperature events cannot be ignored. With regard to health consequences from water-related extreme events, most related studies have focused on the association between floods and excessive rainfall, caused mainly by typhoons, with morbidity and mortality. Results of numerous studies have suggested that floods and excessive rainfall increase the risk of various diseases, especially water-borne, vector-borne and food-borne diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtreme Weather Events and Human Health
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Case Studies
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030237738
ISBN (Print)9783030237721
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1


  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Climate change
  • Cold surges
  • Infectious diseases
  • Kidney disease
  • Urban areas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Medicine
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Engineering


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