Climate Change Promotes the Spread of Mosquito and Tick-borne Viruses


We all are aware of the observable effects of Global climate change on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted, sea levels have accelerated, trees are flowering sooner and the heat wave is more intense. It is also believed that Climate change is also a major cause of promoting the spread of mosquitoes and tick-borne viruses.

The reason why climate change and mosquito-borne illness have a link is that climate change causes a rise in temperature. The rising temperatures expand the area in which mosquitoes can thrive. Mosquito-borne illnesses can be transmitted only at temperatures between approximately 16°C (61°F) and 38°C (100°F). If the global temperature keeps on rising every year then the results can be very dramatic.

Mosquitoes breed in still water habitats and remain for a week after heavy rainfall. Climate change creates a shift in precipitation levels and makes conditions that are more favorable to the mosquitoes. Shifts in precipitation levels caused by climate change could also have an effect on where mosquitoes can successfully reproduce.

Climate change has allowed mosquitoes, ticks, and other disease-bearing insects to proliferate. They have adapted to different seasons, they migrate and spread to new areas that have become warmer. As a result, more humans are exposed to viral infections. Infections such as Dengue fever, Chikungunya, Zika, West Nile fever, Yellow fever and Tick-borne encephalitis.

In short, Climate change can affect mosquito-borne diseases in two ways:

  • Increase the risk for people, to get diseases that already exist.
  • Bring in mosquito species that did not previously exist and increase the possibility for other mosquito-borne diseases to spread.

There is no vaccine or medication for most of the viral infections. Moreover, the mosquitoes and the viruses caused by them are difficult to eradicate, as their larvae can survive for months. They can also survive in suboptimal humidity and temperature conditions.

However, Scientists believe that it would be unwise to remove mosquitoes completely from the ecosystem. They are part of the food web for some species and pollinate many plants. Wiping them out completely could have negative effects on nature, and consequently on humans.But the general public is at a constant risk from these mosquitoes.

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