Jan 25, 2016

What you should know about Zika, the virus that’s harming unborn babies’ brains

Brazil
Hawaii
USA
by
Alex Zielinski
,
Climate Progress
A health worker fumigates a cemetery to prevent Zika virus in Lima, Peru. Photo: Martin Mejia, AP
A health worker fumigates a cemetery to prevent Zika virus in Lima, Peru. Photo: Martin Mejia, AP

Climate change is also a culprit in Zika’s proliferation. Mosquito thrive in warm environments. So, as regions see an increasing rise in average temperatures, they’re also documenting a spike in the population of mosquito carrying the Zika virus. Bill McKibben, environmentalist and 350.org co-founder, called the current spread of Zika the most severe of any outbreak linked to global warming.