Study Sheds New Light on Climate Change and Mosquito and Tick-Borne Viruses

Study Sheds New Light on Climate Change and Mosquito and Tick-Borne Viruses

Global warming has allowed mosquitoes, ticks and other disease-bearing insects to proliferate, the European Commission Joint Research Centre reports.

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March 26, 2018
Edited by the PCT Staff
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Spurred on by climate change, international travel and international trade, disease-bearing insects are spreading to ever-wider parts of the world. This means that more humans are exposed to viral infections such as Dengue fever, Chikungunya, Zika, West Nile fever, Yellow fever and Tick-borne encephalitis, Science Daily reported.

For many of these diseases, there are as yet no specific antiviral agents or vaccines.

Global warming has allowed mosquitoes, ticks and other disease-bearing insects to proliferate, adapt to different seasons, migrate and spread to new niche areas that have become warmer.

These are the findings of a JRC report that aims to raise awareness about the threat posed by the spread of arboviruses (arthropod-borne viruses).

The report describes and discusses several methods that have been used to control the spread of mosquitoes, including insecticides, mosquito traps, genetic modification, land reclamation and habitat surveillance.

Source: Science Daily
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