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How Often Mosquitoes Bite: Know Why Temperature Plays A Major Role In The Spread of Mosquito-Borne Diseases

May 11, 2017 05:44 AM EDT


Dengue, Chikungunya, West Nile, and Zika Virus afflicted many lives in many countries, which results in death to thousands of lives because of these mosquito-borne diseases. Hence, the research team from the two universities from South Florida studied the life cycle of these insects and discovered that the transmission usually occurs at a lower temperature than formerly thought.

In the journal published on PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, the research team found that dengue, chikungunya, West Nile, and Zika Virus occurred at around 84 up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Jeremy Cohen, Ph.D., one of the researchers explained that these mosquito-borne diseases are more likely to happen in subtropical and temperate areas.

The researchers unearthed the reality about these insects that the temperature affects how often the mosquitoes bite. However, back in other studies, these Aedes Aegyptus mosquitoes transmit the dengue, chikungunya, West Nile, and Zika Virus are inspired to have more sex, eat more and bite more during warmer temperature, Weather reported.

But then, this recent study proved that temperature plays a major key role in understanding these mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya, West Nile, and Zika Virus. Researchers believed that pinpointing the climate change will help the medical professional in putting an end with these diseases and predict the best medical precautions to do.

Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya, West Nile, and Zika Virus are present in subtropical regions like North and South Africa, Madagascar, United States, Hong Kong, Macau and Australia. On the other hand, the temperate areas are Canada, Uruguay, all of Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East, Japan and New Zealand will also be affected by this infection.

The researchers' conclusion, climate change will make a difference with how these mosquito-borne diseases spread. Also, Cohen and his team added that dengue, chikungunya, West Nile, and Zika Virus will decline as temperatures rise.

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