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Cities Most at Risk for Zika With Warmer-Than-Average Summer Forecasted

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Forecasts for a warmer-than-average summer have scientists concerned about how far the mosquitos that carry Zika virus could spread in the U.S. A new report from the National Center for Atmospheric Research evaluates the risk to 50 U.S. cities from the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries Zika.

U.S. map showing 1) Ae. aegypti potential abundance for Jan/July (colored circles), 2) approximate maximum known range of Ae. aegypti (shaded regions) and Ae. albopictus (gray dashed lines), and 3) monthly average number arrivals to the U.S. by air and land from countries on the CDC Zika travel advisory. Additional details can be found in the text.

The mosquito flourishes in warm, wet conditions, which more cities than usual may experience this summer due to rising global temperatures. Miami, Orlando, Savannah and Charleston are the highest-risk cities, while New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC are at moderate risk.

Climate change is increasingly creating new uncertainties about the possible spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika virus, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a Zika outbreak in the U.S. is highly unlikely. 

For a deeper dive: NBC, Vox, Bloomberg, PTI, Crain’s New York Business, Times Picayune

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