Projecting the impact of climate change on dengue transmission in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Shahera Banu, Wenbiao Hu, Yuming Guo, Cameron Hurst, Shilu Tong

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Abstract

Weather variables, mainly temperature and humidity influence vectors, viruses, human biology, ecology and consequently the intensity and distribution of the vector-borne diseases. There is evidence that warmer temperature due to climate change will influence the dengue transmission. However, long term scenario-based projections are yet to be developed. Here, we assessed the impact of weather variability on dengue transmission in a megacity of Dhaka, Bangladesh and projected the future dengue risk attributable to climate change. Our results show that weather variables particularly temperature and humidity were positively associated with dengue transmission. The effects of weather variables were observed at a lag of four months. We projected that assuming a temperature increase of 3.3. °C without any adaptation measure and changes in socio-economic condition, there will be a projected increase of 16,030 dengue cases in Dhaka by the end of this century. This information might be helpful for the public health authorities to prepare for the likely increase of dengue due to climate change. The modelling framework used in this study may be applicable to dengue projection in other cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-142
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironment International
Volume63
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bangladesh
  • Climate change
  • Dengue
  • Dhaka
  • Projections
  • Temperature

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