Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Will climate change alter how ticks and mosquitoes spread disease?
A few weeks ago, in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper article on infectious diseases, there was a line on how large amounts of rain in Brazil resulted in a large "crop" of mosquitoes in 2016, which led to a increase in yellow fever.
NPR's Goats and Soda series has also looked at the issue of how climate change may impact the spread of infectious and communicable diseases. Here is their take on how ticks and mosquitoes are affected by a warming climate. On the one hand, the physical range of ticks across the U.S. is increasing, but on the other hand, higher temperatures mean that mosquitoes live shorter lives. Maybe climate change has a silver lining after all?
image from http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/04/21/523066394/-curiousgoat-will-climate-change-help-ticks-and-mosquitoes-spread-disease