Zika and Climate

Watts Up With That?

Aedes Aegypti in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, author Muhammad Mahdi Karim, source Wikimedia Aedes Aegypti in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, author Muhammad Mahdi Karim, source Wikimedia

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Australian Journal of Pharmacy has just tried to link climate change, to the terrifying Zika Virus outbreak in South and Central America. The Zika Virus, a mosquito born disease, has been implicated in an upsurge of serious birth defects.

CLIMATE CHANGE COULD WORSEN DISEASES LIKE ZIKA VIRUS

The news of an outbreak of the Zika virus in South America is a grim reminder of the health hazards associated with a warming world, Climate and Health Alliance Executive Director Fiona Armstrong said today.

A study published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases this week documents the spread of the virus in Columbia, while Brazil is experiencing the largest known outbreak of Zika virus, which is being linked to the deaths of babies affected by microencephaly, or abnormally small brains.

“Regions…

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