Feb 18, 2016

Researchers See Link Between Zika & Global Warming

New York, NY
USA
by
Scott Heins
,
Gothamist
The Aedes albopictus mosquito, native to NYC, has been known to transmit Zika in other areas. Photo: Wiki commons
The Aedes albopictus mosquito, native to NYC, has been known to transmit Zika in other areas. Photo: Wiki commons

"With rising temperatures, you're actually speeding up the whole reproductive cycle of the mosquitoes," Charles B. Beard told the New York Times. Beard is head of a unit studying insect-borne diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and pointed out the ties between climate change and the spread of dangerous disease. "You get larger populations, with more generations of mosquitoes, in a warmer, wetter climate. you have this kind of amplifaction of the risk."