Shlomit Paz, Jan C Semenza

The Lancet

Published date February 1, 2016

El Niño and climate change—contributing factors in the dispersal of Zika virus in the Americas? - The Lancet

  • States that Isaac I Bogoch and colleagues anticipated the international spread of Zika virus from Brazil through air traffic
  • States that permissive climatic conditions for Aedes mosquitoes might have contributed to the explosive spread of Zika virus in Brazil
  • States that the 2015 El Niño caused exceptional climatic conditions in northeastern South America during winter and spring in the southern hemisphere
  • States that, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the temperatures over north and eastern South America were “record warmest”, accompanied by a severe drought, throughout the second half of 2015