groups » Dengue Clinical and Epidemiology Discussion Area » The impact of climate change on dengue, and why we can’t ignore it
The impact of climate change on dengue is taking its toll on public health, and the 2018 global heat wave has given the world a taste of what may lay in store. Our recent update on dengue fever in the Asia Pacific reveals how some have attributed the unusual 2018 climate – with its unseasonably wet and warm weather and early monsoons – to dengue outbreaks in the region. With the world already feeling the effects of global warming, what impact will climate change have on dengue around the globe by the end of this century?
Vladimir Kendrovski, technical officer for climate change and health for the World Health Organization (WHO) regional office for Europe, recently told Deutsche Welle that in a climate change scenario, extreme heatwaves might occur “as often as every two years in the second half of the 21st century”.