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WHO warns of gaps, bias in research on climate and vector-borne disease

Most research has focused on wealthier countries that have relatively low disease rates and access to quality heath care.

 research assistant in Guatemala City inspects Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
A research assistant at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala in Guatemala City inspects the effects of insecticides on Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. (AN/)

With the Earth warming and the range of tropical sicknesses transmitted by mosquitoes expanding, the U.N. health agency finds scientific studies often fail to assess the full impacts of human-induced climate change on malaria, dengue, trachoma and other tropical vector-borne diseases.

A review by experts for the World Health Organization and Reaching the Last Mile of more than a decade of published research on how climate affects malaria and neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, points out a concerning bias. The review finds the research focuses on wealthier countries with low disease rates and high access to quality health care.

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