Monthly Archives: June 2019
Vector-Borne Diseases (VBDs) such as malaria, yellow fever, Lyme disease, plague, dengue, and leishmaniasis kill 700,000 people globally each year. Currently, the burden of VBDs is mostly found under tropical and warm climates that allow transmission all year long. This may change as our planet warms. Florence Fouque and her colleagues examine the impact of climate change on vector-borne diseases.
In a recent article published in Parasites & Vectors, researchers modeled and predicted the distribution of the cat fleas in Australia, based on climate change models and public bioclimatic data from all over the continent. As future temperatures exceed the critical threshold, distribution of flea variants may shift, and determine different developmental rates and vector capabilities.