Dengue Fever Spreading to New Regions

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Dengue fever infections will become a bigger threat to the US over the next ten years. Once extremely rare in the United States, the virus has recently popped up in Florida, Hawaii, Texas and Arizona. For many decades, Dengue has plagued Latin America and Asia, killing 20,000 people every year. Since the turn of the century, cases have increased by 800 percent. Studies have linked the rise of Dengue to climate change, increased travel and the growth of cities. Dengue is a disease spread by mosquitos. When a mosquitos infected with the virus bites a person, they may become sick. As the planet continues to warm, the insects will be able to thrive in new regions. As a result scientists warn that the disease is likely to skyrocket throughout the US, Europe and Africa. 

Full story: Reuters