Idea for Use in the Classroom
As a class, discuss viral infections, viral vectors, and the life cycles of mosquitoes, which are common viral vectors. Next, have students use the map to analyze patterns and interpret data to provide evidence for relationships between infectious diseases, mosquitoes, and climate. Have them use the map to identify current hot spots of mosquito-borne illnesses. Ask students what these areas have in common and why climate change could lead mosquitos to expand their range. Then have students use the map to select a species of mosquito and a region of the world to research and report on in more depth.
all weather conditions for a given location over a period of time.
gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.
disease caused by microscopic organisms, such as bacteria.
insect capable of piercing the skin and sucking the blood of animals.
animal that transmits a disease from one organism to another.
pathogenic agent that lives and multiplies in a living cell.