Special issue of Philosophical Transactions B of the Royal Society reports the latest findings on how changes in climate, epidemiological and socioeconomic factors could affect the transmission Vector-Borne Diseases. Prof. GK Christophides, Prof. J. Leleived, and other CyI researchers are included in a prestigious team of scientists who contributed in these findings.
Many diseases such as malaria, Chagas disease and dengue have a huge effect on human health in the developing world and are transmitted to humans via mosquitoes and other disease vectors. These vector-borne diseases cause more than one billion people to become infected and one million people to die every year.
Changes in climatic, epidemiological and socioeconomic factors could affect the future impact of these diseases across the globe. Different vector-borne diseases, transmitted by different vectors, such as mosquitoes, will respond in different ways to changing weather and climate patterns. To obtain better insights for Policy-makers, mathematical models represent valuable tools and are widely used to make predictions about how different vector-borne diseases are likely to respond to climatic changes. Assessing risk and planning, public health interventions are of vital importance for tackling these diseases in our changing climate.