Warming Global Temperatures Will Help Spread Mosquito Range, Widen Distribution Of Diseases, Study Shows

CNN: Climate change could expose 1 billion more people to bug-borne diseases, study says
“About a billion more people might be exposed to mosquito-borne diseases as temperatures continue to rise with climate change, according to a new study. As the planet gets warmer, scientists say, diseases like Zika, chikungunya, and dengue will continue spreading farther north…” (Christensen, 3/28).

NPR: CHART: Where Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Will Go In The Future
“…Based on estimates of future temperatures across the world, the authors of a study published this week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases mapped where the mosquitoes that transmit diseases like dengue and Zika might travel if climate change continues unchecked. Based on their worst-case scenario projections, the researchers believe as many as a billion people could be newly exposed to these illnesses within the century…” (Ellis, 3/28).

Additional coverage of the study is available from HealthDay News, PBS NewsHour, and Thomson Reuters Foundation.