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 as well as speed up the mosquito life cycle. Last year’s unusually mild winter followed by a wet spring and scorching summer intensified the spread of West Nile virus in Connecticut, Texas and other parts of the United States. And some southern states reported outbreaks of “neglected tropical diseases,” such as dengue fever and Chagas disease, usually associated with developing countries.
The Yale Peabody Museum is partnering with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation at the Yale School of Medicine to spread the word about the causes and prevention of these and other insect-borne infectious diseases. Join us for an informative and engaging program for the whole family that includes crafts, live mosquito larvae, and hands-on science.