Research Links Global Warming To Vector-borne Diseases
University of Florida
scientists have determined that Asian tiger mosquitoes, that can carry
tropical diseases, could spread far and wide as global warming creates
hotter temperatures according to an article by Environmental News Network
(click here to visit ENN for the article). "Our research shows that,
like many mosquitoes, this species breeds faster as the temperature gets
higher," said Barry Alto, a University of Florida entomology doctoral
student and co-author of the study. "If global warming trends continue,
the Asian tiger mosquito may become common in places it's not found today,"
Alto warned. Click here for a copy of the article that appeared in the
July 2 issue of the "Journal of Medical Entomology."
recently ran a article in Pesticides and You, by Dr. Paul Epstein, M.D.,
associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment
at Harvard Medical School. The article addresses the link between global
warming and the increased probability of human disease. The extent of
the problem is potentially huge when one factors in the increase in use
of pesticides to combat the carriers of vector-borne diseases. Dr. Epstein
also speculates that an increase in global temperature will also lead
to the spread of waterborne diseases. Click here to read Dr. Epstein's
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