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Climate suitability for infectious disease transmission - Dengue


Climatic conditions across Europe are becoming more suitable for emergence and transmission of climate‑sensitive infectious diseases. Dengue is a viral disease transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus (tiger mosquito) mosquitoes. Aedes albopictus is present in Europe and is expanding its territory. Besides more global travel, climate change can be a driver of dengue emergence in Europe since shifts in temperature and precipitation make the region’s climate more suitable for the transmission of dengue.

One way of measuring the health threats associated with dengue under the changing climate is to estimate the changes in the basic reproduction rate (R0) associated with climatic conditions), hence estimating the expected number of secondary infections from one infectious case in a completely susceptible population. If R0 is higher than 1, outbreaks have the potential to grow. The higher R0 is, the faster the outbreak will grow.


The predicted R0 should not be confused with actual dengue cases, even though it is an important indicator of the potential for outbreaks.


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Reference information



van Daalen, K. R., et al., 2022, ‘The 2022 Europe report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: towards a climate resilient future’, The Lancet Public Health 7(11), pp. E942-E965. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(22)00197-9.

Data sources:

  1. Climatic data: ECMWF ERA5 Land Reanalysis data, retrieved from the Copernicus Climate Change Service Climate Data Store
  2. Population data: hybrid gridded data combining:
    • NASA-SEDAC Gridded Population of the World (GPW) v4   
    • ISIMIP historic and future annual global gridded population data
Lancet Countdown in Europe

Published in Climate-ADAPT Jan 20 2021   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Dec 06 2022

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