Fighting Mosquitoes Before They Bite!
We all know about the threat of mosquito-borne disease, but do we know just how serious it is? With the impact that climate change is having on the globe, it could expose half of the world to the likes of Dengue fever and Zika virus before 2050! Here’s an article with more information.
By 2050, half the world’s population could be at risk of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever or the Zika virus, new research suggests. Climate change may put even more people at risk further into the future. A combination of environmental change, urbanization and human movements around the world are helping mosquitoes spread into new areas, according to the findings, reported Monday in the journal Nature Microbiology.
It’s quite scary when you absorb the information. These tiny pests are the biggest killers in the world, yet we still don’t seem to be doing what we can to protect ourselves. We should be fighting them before they bite!
Over the next 30 years, mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and the Zika virus are on course to spread – posing a risk to half the world’s population, new research has revealed. Two of the main disease-spreading mosquitoes – Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus – are forecast to significantly expand their range due to warming temperatures. The models predict that by 2050, 49 per cent of the world’s population will live in places where these species are established if greenhouse gas emissions continue at current rates, and if they are not curbed, even greater areas will be at risk.
2050 may seem quite a significant amount of time in the future, but we all know how quickly the years fly by. Do something now before it’s too late. Every step you take to protect yourself from mosquitoes and reduce your own carbon footprint counts.