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What a warming planet means for mosquito-borne diseases

picture of mosquito carrying Zika virus
May 3 2017

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Research, Faculty

In a study led by Assistant Professor Erin Mordecai, Stanford researchers modeled how rising temperatures might influence mosquito behavior and disease risk around the world. The researchers also calibrated their model with field data on human infections of mosquito-borne diseases.  This new analysis reveals that the ideal temperature for the spread of mosquito-born diseases like dengue, chikungunya and Zika is 29 degrees C. This finding helps predict disease outbreaks in a warming world. The study was published on April 27 in PLoS Neglected Tropical Disease.