The Risk of Disease Transmission by Mosquitoes is a Serious Problem

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As the planet warms and mosquitos thrive, one billion people could be exposed to new diseases

by Ruth Milka/NationofChange

A warming planet could lead to future deadly epidemics, we have been warned. But viruses and diseases are not the only things that thrive in warm climates.

Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center report that as global temperatures rise, the climate will become more suitable for mosquitos. More alarmingly, those mosquitos infected with diseases are the most likely to thrive.

During a two-prong study, researchers estimated the monthly risk of disease exposure based on rising temperatures through 2050 and 2080, specifically looking for how higher temperatures would affect two different types of the most infectious types of mosquitos.

Both the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus types of mosquitos can “carry the dengue, chikunguyna and Zika viruses, as well as at least a dozen other emerging diseases that researchers say could be a threat in the next 50 years.”

Not only can the rapid spread of infectious diseases by mosquitos expose almost all of the world’s population at some point in the next 50 years, warn researchers, but the intensity of infections will most likely be greater.

“The risk of disease transmission is a serious problem, even over the next few decades,” says researcher and biologist Colin J. Carlson, PhD. “Places like Europe, North America, and high elevations in the tropics that used to be too cold for the viruses will face new diseases like dengue.”

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5 COMMENTS

  1. So; Which is it??
    They say “Not only can the rapid spread of infectious diseases by mosquitos (<< their typo) expose almost all of the world’s population at some point in the next 50 years, warn researchers, but the intensity of infections will most likely be greater."
    But they also say 'it could affect 1 billion within 50 years'.
    So which is it? Either 7- 8 people billion will be dead before that time or they are not pushing accurate forecasts.
    Looks like typical fear-mongering.

    Can't believe I have to point this out as to research data from Georgetown.

    • SAR Daddy,
      The diseases that mosquitoes are the vectors for are numerous and often quite deadly, especially in areas of the world with little to no access to some sort of treatment, if there is one available. I look upon mosquitoes as a population control device that is too effective and cruel. The forecast of how many people that will be affected is sort of irrelevant. The only hope here is to make cures or vaccines to prevent the diseases and make them available to everyone. I also do not think that mosquitoes have become weaponized. They need blood to reproduce and the drive for reproduction is inborn and very strong. They are like living hypodermic needles that are used over and over again, and are actually far more effective at contaminating/spreading disease to humans and animals as they are living, go where they want, and do not need a human hand to wield them.