Increased Temperatures May Play Role In Spread Of Dengue In India, Study Says
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“Even as several parts of India are in the grip of severe dengue outbreaks, a team of researchers has found clues about why the mosquito-borne disease might be spreading through the country faster than before. The answer lies in increased temperatures, according to a study published in the journal, Science Advances. A rise in temperature results in a shorter ‘extrinsic incubation period’ or EIP, which is the time required for the virus to develop in the mosquito, according to the study by scientists from Hyderabad, Guwahati and Liverpool. A shorter incubation period leads to higher transmission rates of dengue infection in a community, the authors said. … As it turns out, an analysis of the health impacts of climate change published by The Lancet earlier this week cited climate change as a potential factor for the rise in dengue cases…” (Vora, 11/1).