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Rise in mosquito breeding places

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

INCREASED temperatures caused by global warming contributes to the breeding of mosquitoes, says University of Fiji lecturer Dr Abhijit Gogoi.

He said this was especially true of the Aedes aegypti species, which spread the mosquito-borne virus, Zika.

He made the comment at the launch of the Fiji Zika Prevalence and Climate Change Study Project 2018-2019 in Nadi last week.

He said Zika was not a new disease as it was first discovered in Uganda in 1947.

"We live in a digital age and we have millions travelling to Zika endemic countries," said Dr Gogoi. In 2015, he said Brazil recorded a high number of Zika cases and when it came to climatic conditions, Brazil was comparable with the South Pacific.

Now, he said, Zika had spread to a number of places in the Pacific, including Fiji and Samoa.

"When you have natural disaster conditions, there is a rise in mosquito breeding places, new diseases and when the temperature increases, mosquitoes appear."

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