Scientists Fear Global Warming Increases Mosquito-borne Disease Risk

The New York Times reports that the ongoing Zika virus epidemic may be a warning signal that global warming will broaden the geographic range of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika virus and dengue fever. Read the full article on the link below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/world/americas/in-zika-epidemic-a-warning-on-climate-change.html?_r=0

Times reporter Justin Gillis writes:

Scientists say it will take them years to figure that out, and pointed to other factors that may have played a larger role in starting the crisis. But these same experts added that the Zika epidemic, as well as the related spread of a disease called dengue that is sickening as many as 100 million people a year and killing thousands, should be interpreted as warnings.

Referring to rising temperatures, Charles R. Beard, a scientist studying insect-borne diseases for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Times:

“You’re actually speeding up the whole reproductive cycle of the mosquitoes. You get larger populations, with more generations of mosquitoes, in a warmer, wetter climate. You have this kind of amplification of the risk.”

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