Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 - Pan-Canadian Thematic Program - Climate Change and the Ecology of Vector-borne Diseases
Month: July 2013
Date: July 8--12
Name: Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 - Pan-Canadian Thematic Program - Climate Change and the Ecology of Vector-borne Diseases
Location: Fields Institute, CDM, Toronto, Canada.
Climate change is a significant and emerging threat to public health, and changes the way we must look at protecting vulnerable populations. Infectious diseases, especially vector-borne diseases (VBD) are the ones in which the pathogenic microorganism is transmitted from an infected individual to another by an arthropod or other agent, sometimes with other animals serving as intermediary hosts. According to the WHO, nearly half the world's population is infected by vector-borne diseases, resulting in high morbidity and mortality. Important determinants of VBD transmission include: (i) vector survival and reproduction, (ii) the vector's biting rate, and (iii) the pathogen's incubation rate within the vector organism.