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August 7, 2002

School Researcher Discusses Threat from Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Program on Health Effects of Global Environmental Change, discussed the potential threat of the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in the United States with ABC World News Tonight. Dr. Patz explained that many of the mosquitoes that can spread West Nile virus, malaria, and dengue fever already exist in the United States, and that rising temperatures, warmer winters, and other environmental changes could increase the life span of mosquitoes and make them more infectious should a mosquito-borne disease become established in the U.S. 

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