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Here’s the Ideal Temp for Mosquito-Borne Diseases


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CLICK HERE - PLOS - Detecting the impact of temperature on transmission of Zika, dengue, and chikungunya using mechanistic models - Stanford University - May 5, 2017

New research shows how rising temperatures might influence mosquito behavior and disease risk around the world. The researchers also calibrated their model with field data on human infections of mosquito-borne diseases.

Scientists have known for some time that climate change has caused the extension of mosquito season beyond the summer months, but the ways in which climate change affects the risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika has remained somewhat mysterious . . .

 . . . The group found that mosquito traits favorable to spreading disease peaked when temperatures reached 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit), but were lower when temperatures were cooler or warmer.



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November 28, 2016

It should be noted that reports of local transmission of Zika in Texas did not occur until late November 2016, when the temperatures had decreased from the very high temperatures experienced during the summer.  Some areas of Texas did not experience much mosquito activity during the very hot summer months.  The mosquito activity in many parts of Texas began to increase more recently, as the temperatures decreased to warm (instead of very hot).  Perhaps mosquitoes do not like hot Texas summers.

Texas Reports First Case of Zika Spread by Local Mosquitoes 

We have two published clusters of important Zika information, as follows . . .

Zika - News

Zika - Information, FAQs and Research

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