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Climate change and vector-borne diseases of public health significance

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Author(s):   Ogden NH
Year:   2017
Journal:   FEMS Microbiology Letters. 364 (19)



There has been much debate as to whether or not climate change will have, or has had, any significant effect on risk from vector-borne diseases. The debate on the former has focused on the degree to which occurrence and levels of risk of vector-borne diseases are determined by climate-dependent or independent factors, while the debate on the latter has focused on whether changes in disease incidence are due to climate at all, and/or are attributable to recent climate change. Here I review possible effects of climate change on vector-borne diseases, methods used to predict these effects and the evidence to date of changes in vector-borne disease risks that can be attributed to recent climate change. Predictions have both over- and underestimated the effects of climate change. Mostly under-estimations of effects are due to a focus only on direct effects of climate on disease ecology while more distal effects on society's capacity to control and prevent vector-borne disease are ignored. There is increasing evidence for possible impacts of recent climate change on some vector-borne diseases but for the most part, observed data series are too short (or non-existent), and impacts of climate-independent factors too great, to confidently attribute changing risk to climate change.

Resource Description

  • Exposure : What is this?

    weather or climate related pathway by which climate change affects health

    Meteorological Factor, Precipitation, Seasonality, Temperature
  • Temperature: Cold, Heat
  • Geographic Feature: What is this?

    resource focuses on specific type of geography

    Temperate, Tropical
  • Geographic Location: What is this?

    resource focuses on specific location

    Global or Unspecified Location
  • Health Impact: What is this?

    specification of health effect or disease related to climate change exposure

    Infectious Disease
  • Infectious Disease: Vectorborne Disease
  • Resource Type: What is this?

    format or standard characteristic of resource

    Review Article
  • Special Topics: What is this?

    related topics that intersect with those captured in other filters

    Sociodemographic Vulnerability, Vulnerable Population
  • Vulnerable Population: Low Socioeconomic Status
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