Feb 27, 2016

Here’s where the Zika virus came from and why it’s a problem in Brazil

Brazil
El Salvador
Colombia
Ecuador
by
Amy M Vittor
,
The Conversation
Municipal agents spray anti Zika mosquitos chimical product at the sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on Jan. 26, 2016. Photo: Christophe Simon, Agence France-Presse
Municipal agents spray anti Zika mosquitos chimical product at the sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on Jan. 26, 2016. Photo: Christophe Simon, Agence France-Presse

Increasing urbanization and poverty create a fertile environment for the mosquitoes that spread dengue by creating ample breeding sites. In addition, climate change may raise the temperature and/or humidity in areas that previously have been below the threshold required for the mosquitoes to thrive