Remember those claims of ‘global warming will increase dengue fever risks’? Never mind…

Watts Up With That?

From AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY and the National Geographic, wrong again department comes this bit of good news.

Warmer climate could lower dengue risk

This image shows one of the mosquitoes (Ae. aegypti) that carries dengue and Zika viruses. CREDIT Oregon State University on Flickr. This image shows one of the mosquitoes (Ae. aegypti) that carries dengue and Zika viruses. CREDIT Oregon State University on Flickr.

Health researchers predict that the transmission of dengue could decrease in a future warmer climate, countering previous projections that climate change would cause the potentially lethal virus to spread more easily.

Hundreds of millions of people are infected with dengue each year, with some children dying in severe cases, and this research helps to address this significant global health problem.

Co-lead researcher Associate Professor David Harley from The Australian National University (ANU) said that dengue risk might decrease in the wet tropics of northeast Australia under a high-emissions scenario in 2050, due to mosquito breeding sites becoming drier and less favourable to their survival.

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