Climate, environmental and socio-economic change: weighing up the balance in vector-borne disease transmission

Paul E. Parham, Joanna Waldock, George K. Christophides, Deborah Hemming, Folashade Agusto, Katherine J. Evans, Nina Fefferman, Holly Gaff, Abba Gumel, Shannon LaDeau, Suzanne Lenhart, Ronald E. Mickens, Elena N. Naumova, Richard S. Ostfeld, Paul D. Ready, Matthew B. Thomas, Jorge Velasco-Hernandez, Edwin Michael

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Abstract

Arguably one of the most important effects of climate change is the potential impact on human health. While this is likely to take many forms, the implications for future transmission of vector-borne diseases (VBDs), given their ongoing contribution to global disease burden, are both extremely important and highly uncertain. In part, this is owing not only to data limitations and methodological challenges when integrating climate-driven VBD models and climate change projections, but also, perhaps most crucially, to the multitude of epidemiological, ecological and socio-economic factors that drive VBD transmission, and this complexity has generated considerable debate over the past 10-15 years. In this review, we seek to elucidate current knowledge around this topic, identify key themes and uncertainties, evaluate ongoing challenges and open research questions and, crucially, offer some solutions for the field. Although many of these challenges are ubiquitous across multiple VBDs, more specific issues also arise in different vector-pathogen systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhilosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
Volume370
Issue number1665
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 5 2015

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disease transmission
environmental economics
Weighing
Climate
socioeconomics
Economics
climate
Climate Change
Climate change
climate change
burden of disease
ecological economics
socioeconomic factors
disease models
Uncertainty
human health
Pathogens
uncertainty

Keywords

  • climate
  • climate change
  • human health
  • modelling
  • vector-borne diseases

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Climate, environmental and socio-economic change : weighing up the balance in vector-borne disease transmission. / Parham, Paul E.; Waldock, Joanna; Christophides, George K.; Hemming, Deborah; Agusto, Folashade; Evans, Katherine J.; Fefferman, Nina; Gaff, Holly; Gumel, Abba; LaDeau, Shannon; Lenhart, Suzanne; Mickens, Ronald E.; Naumova, Elena N.; Ostfeld, Richard S.; Ready, Paul D.; Thomas, Matthew B.; Velasco-Hernandez, Jorge; Michael, Edwin.

In: Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, Vol. 370, No. 1665, 05.04.2015.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Parham, PE, Waldock, J, Christophides, GK, Hemming, D, Agusto, F, Evans, KJ, Fefferman, N, Gaff, H, Gumel, A, LaDeau, S, Lenhart, S, Mickens, RE, Naumova, EN, Ostfeld, RS, Ready, PD, Thomas, MB, Velasco-Hernandez, J & Michael, E 2015, 'Climate, environmental and socio-economic change: weighing up the balance in vector-borne disease transmission', Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, vol. 370, no. 1665. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2013.0551
Parham, Paul E. ; Waldock, Joanna ; Christophides, George K. ; Hemming, Deborah ; Agusto, Folashade ; Evans, Katherine J. ; Fefferman, Nina ; Gaff, Holly ; Gumel, Abba ; LaDeau, Shannon ; Lenhart, Suzanne ; Mickens, Ronald E. ; Naumova, Elena N. ; Ostfeld, Richard S. ; Ready, Paul D. ; Thomas, Matthew B. ; Velasco-Hernandez, Jorge ; Michael, Edwin. / Climate, environmental and socio-economic change : weighing up the balance in vector-borne disease transmission. In: Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences. 2015 ; Vol. 370, No. 1665.
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