Painful Tropical Disease Arrives in Americas
Dr. Peter Hotez comments on the recent ocurance of chikungunya in the Americas -- A painful mosquito-borne disease found in Africa whch has just been been found in the Americas for the first time.
"Peter Hotez dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College, expects to see chikungunya in the southern United States soon.
“The mosquitoes are here. That’s an important factor. Second, there may be some component of global warming," said Hotez.
And, Hotez adds, the mosquitoes carrying the disease accompany urbanization and poverty, two conditions on the rise in the southern U.S."