Ambient temperature is an important determinant of vector-borne disease transmission and suitability, affecting the life-cycle of the pathogen and mosquito vector. Ecological models can predict optimal temperatures for transmission. However, these models need to be validated with human disease incidence data. In addition, climate change (including warmer temperatures and extreme weather events) creates opportunities for the emergence and re-emergence of vector-borne disease threats.
Climate change impacts the entire planet and directly impacts all of us, including women and children. Dr. Desiree LaBeaud and her research group have performed several studies to uncover the impact of climate change on vector-borne diseases. In this talk, Dr. LaBeaud will first identify the mechanisms by which climate change can promote the emergence of vector-borne diseases. She will then illustrate the association of temperature change using case studies of malaria and dengue in Kenya. Finally, she will discuss strategies to forecast disease incidence based on climate inputs so we can respond to these disease threats in a future, warmer world.