In a concerning development, the United States experienced its first cases of locally transmitted malaria in two decades, with five instances reported in Texas and Florida in June. This resurgence serves as a stark reminder of the looming threat posed by mosquito-borne diseases, which are expected to expand their reach due to the impact of human-induced climate change. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports an increase in global malaria cases from 231 million in 2018 to an estimated 247 million in 2021.
A recent study by Climate Central reveals that numerous regions across the country have experienced an amplified number of days characterized by optimal temperature and humidity for mosquito proliferation between 1979 and 2022. These conditions create a "Goldilocks zone" for mosquitoes, facilitating their reproduction and the subsequent transmission of diseases like malaria.
Reporters and editors, find experts on this alarming trend below.
-Baylor Scott and White Health
-George Washington University
-University of California, Irvine
-Case Western Reserve University
-Washington University in St. Louis