A new study has predicted that climate change will result in millions more people, especially in Europe, being exposed to mosquito-borne diseases in the coming decades.
Two of the world’s most dangerous mosquitos – Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus – are known to thrive in warm climates, spreading viruses such as dengue, yellow fever and Zika most effectively at between 26 and 29C.
The mosquitos currently threaten more than a billion people globally. But scientists say that as the world warms – the expected result of climate change – they will migrate towards the poles, exposing millions more to the diseases they carry.
“We wanted to demonstrate how projected future climate change would impact the risk of spread of vector-borne disease – in this case,