Will dreaded yellow fever return to the southern US?

Ella Branham, a seasonal vector control technician, examines a Culex tarsalis mosquito at the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District in Salt Lake City. Mosquitoes can carry viruses including dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and Zika. They are especially threatening to public health in Asia and Africa but are also closely monitored in the United States. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

It’s been more than 100 years since the mosquito-borne yellow fever virus killed tens of thousands of people in epidemics that raged across the American South and into Texas.

Now scientists writing in the Oct. 19 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine warn that yellow fever could reemerge in Southern states, thanks to climate change creating suitable environments for disease-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

There is still time to prepare for possible yellow fever outbreaks, but the U.S. needs to take action as soon as possible to prevent them, say Richard Wamai, Northeastern professor of cultures, societies and global studies, and Neil Maniar, director of Northeastern’s Master of Public Health program.

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