Dr. Mary Hayden & Dr. Andrew M...

Dr. Mary Hayden & Dr. Andrew Monaghan

Emergence of Zika and other climate-sensitive viruses in the Americas

 Dr. Hayden and Dr. Monaghan

 

Lecture description

What do Zika, dengue, and chikungunya all have in common? First, the viruses that cause these globally important diseases are all transmitted by the same mosquito species: Aedes aegypti. And second, all three viruses have emerged or re-emerged in the Americas recently. Climatic factors shape the transmission of these viruses in numerous ways, for example, by influencing development, reproduction, and survival of Aedes aegypti, and by regulating the rate of virus incubation and replication within the mosquito. But, humans also play an important role in determining when, where, and how virus transmission occurs. We will discuss ongoing research at NCAR that’s focused on better understanding and predicting when and where Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are present, why Zika, dengue, and chikungunya are expanding in the Americas, and what to expect in the future.

Mary Hayden | Short bio

Dr. Mary Hayden is a behavioral scientist and co-leader of the NCAR Weather, Climate, and Health Program. She is an adjoint faculty member at the University of Colorado School of Public Health as well as a guest researcher with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her primary research focuses on the human behavioral component of climate-sensitive health and disease issues, including community participatory research and the characterization of population vulnerability to health threats influenced by weather and climate.

Andrew Monaghan | Short bio

Dr. Andrew Monaghan is an atmospheric scientist  and co-leader of the NCAR Weather, Climate, and Health Program. He is also a guest researcher with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His work emphasizes the use of computer modeling and related techniques to study climate-sensitive health and disease issues.