Special Issue: Human infectious diseases and environmental changes.
This special issue contains 9 research articles that address the relationship between human infectious diseases and environmental change. The first article describes the use of a global map to quantify dengue risk in Europe, following the arrival and spread there of one of its vectors, Aedes albopictus. The second article provides evidence that hot temperatures can force delayed mosquito outbreaks via sequential changes in Aedes aegypti demographic parameters in autocorrelated environments. The third article presents a mathematical model to study the seasonal and nonseasonal dynamics of Aedes aegypti in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fourth article discusses how climate and other environmental changes have affected the dynamics of parasitic diseases in Amazonia. A comparison of reactive and climate-based strategies for malaria control under unstable dynamics is presented in the fifth article. The sixth article examines the periodicity of Plasmodium vivax and P. falciparum incidence in time-series of malaria data (1990-2010) from 3 endemic regions in Venezuela. The seventh article describes an agent-based model driven by tropical rainfall to understand the spatio-temporal heterogeneity of a chikungunya outbreak. The next article focuses on use of basic reproduction number to assess the effects of climate change on the risk of Chagas' disease transmission in Colombia. The final paper explores the spatial distribution of 2 known vector species of Leishmania infantum in Colombia, and predicts its future distribution into climate change scenarios to establish the expansion potential of the disease.