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Climate Change, Health and Mosquito-Borne Diseases: Trends and Implications to the Pacific Region.

Filho, Walter Leal and Scheday, Svenja and Boenecke, Juliane and Gogoi, Abhijit and Maharaj, Anish and Korovou, Samuela (2019) Climate Change, Health and Mosquito-Borne Diseases: Trends and Implications to the Pacific Region. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 (24). p. 5114. ISSN 1660-4601

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Abstract

Climate change is known to affect Pacific Island nations in a variety of ways. One of them is by increasing the vulnerability of human health induced by various climate change impacts, which pose an additional burden to the already distressed health systems in the region. This paper explores the associations between climate change and human health on the one hand, and outlines some of the health care challenges posed by a changing climate on the other. In particular, it describes the links between climate variations and the emergence of climate-sensitive infectious diseases, such as the mosquito-borne diseases dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. The paper also presents a summary of the key findings of the research initiatives Climate Change and Prevalence Study of ZIKA Virus Diseases in Fiji and the findings from the World Mosquito Program as two examples of public health action in the Pacific region.

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