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Climate change is extending mosquito season in the D.C. region — bad news for Zika


As if climate change wasn’t already bad enough, we now have one more reason to change course. Summer heat is hanging around longer, the days are becoming more humid, and mosquito season is lengthening, which means an increased risk of vector-borne diseases like Zika.Baltimore tops the list of growing mosquito seasons, according to an analysis by Climate Central. Since 1980, the metro area has seen a 37-day increase in the season of bug bites, which now lasts 152 days on average. In Washington, the season has lengthened by 29 days to 143.

Resource Type
Magazine/newspaper article
The Washington Post
Resource URL
July 28, 2016
Organization Type
Health and Human Impact
Vector-borne disease
Health surveillance

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