The Mosquito is the World’s Deadliest Animal

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Editor’s Note: We have posted several articles about mosquitoes and diseases they spread.  Mosquitoes spread some of the most lethal diseases that exist. Zika, West Nile, malaria, yellow fever are a few of the most noteworthy illness which claim so many lives. Unless you remain indoors all the time (and I would challenge you to not know of a time when you found at least one mosquito in your home or car), you are going to come face to face with this potentially lethal critter ….Carol 

How Scientists Use Climate Models to Predict Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaks

by Max Levy Smithsonian.com

Few natural phenomena pose a greater threat to humans than a swarm of mosquitoes erupting from a cluster of soil-lodged eggs. These bloodthirsty menaces can carry a host of diseases, such as Zika, West Nile and malaria, making mosquitoes the world’s deadliest animals.

Mosquito-borne diseases threaten billions of people, and while the diseases vary in biology and geography, most, if not all, are exacerbated by climate change. Scientists predict that a warming world will invite the spread of more mosquitoes, and more illness, threatening a billion more people over the next 60 years. But long-term predictions are hard to act on, and public health experts believe short-term forecasts could better kick-start programs to save people’s lives today.

For the last 20 years, scientists studying weather patterns have pieced together how real-time data can help predict mosquito-borne disease outbreaks weeks or even months before the insects emerge from the ground. These tools may provide a mechanism to prevent millions of deaths, tracking monsoons and other rain cycles to forecast mosquito hatching events.

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