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Mosquito-borne diseases could spread to a billion more people as climate warms

An aedes aegypti mosquito is pictured on a leaf in San Jose, Costa Rica February 1, 2016. Costa Rica has stepped up preventative measures against the Zika virus at ports of entry into the country after the Central American nation registered its first case this week. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate - GF10000292570

A study has found that nearly one billion people could face “their first exposure” to a host of mosquito-borne diseases by 2080. Image: REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

Daisy Dunne
Science Writer, Carbon Brief
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Top 10 populations facing “first exposure” to mosquito-borne diseases by 2080. Results are shown for the yellow fever mosquito (A. aegypti; left) and the Asian tiger mosquito (A. albopictus; right). Data source: Ryan et al. (2019).
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Geographic distribution of the yellow fever mosquito (A. aegypti) and the Asian tiger mosquito (A. albopictus) in present day (top) and in 2050 (middle) and 2080 (bottom) under a scenario of extreme climate change. Colour is used to indicate the number of months in a year with disease transmission risk and grey indicates absence of risk. Source: Ryan et al. (2019)
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Projected net changes to the number of people exposed to disease risk from the yellow fever mosquito (left) and the Asian tiger mosquito (right) under four future climate scenarios. Results are shown for 2050 (top) and 2080 (bottom). Source: Ryan et al. (2019)
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