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

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Research and Transfer Centre Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, 20, 21033 Hamburg, Germany
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Department of Natural Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD, UK
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Umanand Prasad School of Medicine and Health Sciences, The University of Fiji, Saweni, Lautoka 0700, Fiji
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School of Science and Technology, The University of Fiji, Saweni, Lautoka 0700, Fiji
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(24), 5114; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16245114
Received: 15 October 2019 / Revised: 11 December 2019 / Accepted: 12 December 2019 / Published: 14 December 2019
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; global warming; human health; zika; pacific; extreme events climate change; global warming; human health; zika; pacific; extreme events
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Filho, W.L.; Scheday, S.; Boenecke, J.; Gogoi, A.; Maharaj, A.; Korovou, S. Climate Change, Health and Mosquito-Borne Diseases: Trends and Implications to the Pacific Region. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 5114.

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