Feb 8, 2016

There's one thing that could make the Zika virus much more dangerous — climate change

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Darren Ankrom
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VICE News
Photo: Esteban Biba, EPA
Photo: Esteban Biba, EPA

Scientists are also wondering whether climate change helped Zika spread, and how viruses of the future could be amplified in a steadily warming world.

Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, noted that not only was 2015 the hottest year on record, but places like Brazil, where the disease began, and Columbia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, where it's now flourishing, saw record-breaking temperatures last year too.