TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

US and Mexico increase efforts against mosquito-borne illnesses

The United States and Mexico recently stepped up their efforts to fight mosquito-borne diseases that can cause epidemics.

Policymakers from the U.S. and Mexico have not previously taken measures to protect people from the diseases. Statistics show there will be a rise in epidemics within the nations due to mosquito-borne diseases based on changes to the general migration patterns of flies and other potentially infected beings.

The Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University has published a paper titled “Mosquito-Transmitted Epidemics: Dengue, Chikungunya, and West Nile in the United States and Mexico.” This policy brief, written by science and tropical-disease policy experts, is designed to address this pressing health concern.

"Viruses and mosquitoes do not acknowledge national boundaries, crossing from the United States to Mexico and back without regard to man-made or natural borders," the authors of the paper wrote. "Effective control of arboviruses requires both vector-control polices as well as the development of effective vaccines to protect populations. To combat West Nile, dengue and Chikungunya in the United States and Mexico, governments need to coordinate and collaborate to increase public awareness about risks and preventive measures as well as improve disease surveillance."

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