How the Destruction of Rainforests is Contributing to the Rise of #Malaria #rainforest #deforestation
Deforestation is one contributing factor to the rise in malaria worldwide. Deforestation often comes before an malaria epidemic. There is a direct correlation between the rise in malaria in the Amazon rainforests and the degree of degradation in the rainforest. Fewer trees mean more sunshine, and several species of mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs in the sunshine. The slight rise in temperature caused by deforestation also aids the parasite. At 64 degrees the Plasmodium parasite reproduces too slowly to mature in the life of a mosquito, however at 68 degrees the parasite is able to mature before the mosquito dies.