Emerging infections are regularly in the news. Come learn about the influence of climate—particularly temperature and precipitation—on the transmission of insect-borne diseases. Even slight elevations in temperature can increase mosquito numbers and speed up the mosquito life cycle. The combination of an unusually mild winter followed by a wet spring and scorching summer has intensified the spread of West Nile virus in Connecticut and other parts of the United States. Southern states have reported outbreaks of “neglected tropical diseases” such as dengue fever and Chagas disease, which many people associate only with developing countries.
The Yale Peabody Museum is partnering with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to spread the word about the causes and prevention of these infectious diseases. Join us for an informative and engaging program for the whole family that includes crafts, live mosquito larvae, and hands-on science.