Effects of climate change on West Nile virus

Lunes, 9 Septiembre, 2013

A study projects how climate change may affect virus-carrying mosquitoes across the southern US; Changes are expected to vary with region, and the southern states should see a trend toward longer seasons of activity and smaller midsummer populations. The varied influence of climate change on temperature and precipitation may have an equally wide-ranging effect on the spread of West Nile virus, suggesting that public health efforts to control the virus will need to take a local rather than global perspective, according to a study published this week in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.