Climate Change and vector-borne diseases: What are the implications for public health research and policy?

by Jake Kessler

Vector-Borne diseases continue to burden a large portion of the world with negative health and economic impacts. According to several health specialists (Campbell-Lendrum et al. 2015) from the World Health Organization, there has been a surge in scenario-based modeling when dealing with the way climate change affects vector-borne diseases. However, they argue that the best way to deal with these diseases would be a decreased reliance on scenario based models for disease predictions, and an increase in short-term tactics to deal with “current disease rates and manage short term climate risks, which will, in turn increase resilience to long-term climate change.” Continue reading