World Health Organisation


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Today, more than 80% of the population is at risk from at least one vector-borne disease (VBD), with more than half at risk from two or more. Australia has not yet experienced massive threats/epidemics that have caused serious health problems in other nations.The predicted scenarios of increased temperature and rainfall due to global warming are also an issue of concern, as this will lead to increases in VBDs. Both temperature and rainfall have repeatedly been found to be significantly associated with VBDs in Australia.

There are four mosquito-borne diseases of public health concern that are endemic to Australia: Ross River virus; Barmah forest virus; Murray Valley Encephalitis virus; Kunjin virus.In addition, dengue virus, malaria, Chikungu...