10 May '12, 3pm

Climate change could help untreatable viral disease spread in New York City

This disease — the name means “that which bends,” because victims double over with joint pain — can only be transmitted by a couple of species of mosquitoes. But one, the Asian tiger mosquito, already lives in the greater New York area. As climate change brings milder winters, more of these mosquitoes hatch and come out to bite us. And there are documented cases of travelers bringing the disease from its existing sphere (Asia, Africa, Italy) over to our shores. All it’ll take is a particularly mosquito-heavy summer for this disease to spread.

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