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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Climate change spurs dengue early warning system for the Caribbean

Jamaica Gleaner News -"Very little is said about the role of climate change in the outbreak and spread of mosquito-borne diseases in the Caribbean. People usually blame poverty and poor vector control for mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and dengue. These diseases have killed thousands of people in the Caribbean since colonial times. With climate change now a serious concern worldwide, climatologists in the region are now making it clear that the phenomenon is deadlier to Caribbean peoples than previously thought. At a recent forum on biodiversity held in Kingston, Professor Anthony Chen of the Climate Studies Department at the University of the West Indies, Mona, spoke about the impact of climate change on the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector responsible for dengue fever."

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