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West Nile Virus: How Climate Change May Be Contributing To Its Spread

Here's something else that may suck more because of climate change: mosquitoes. And when mosquitoes suck more they may be more likely to transmit pathogens like the West Nile Virus (WNV).

Mosquitoes sucking more is not the only thing affecting the spread of WNV that may change with climate change. As Slomit Paz summarized in publication in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, many mosquitoes like it hot and wet. This may sound dirty, because it is. When the temperature and humidity are higher, mosquitoes may not only feed more frequently but also reproduce more. They also may become infectious sooner after acquiring WNV.


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