Could wildfires in the Amazon drive malaria rates up?

Current wildfires burning in the Amazon could have a widespread impact on public health, according to experts.

A September 17, 2019 article by DirectRelief discussed the potential environmental and health effects associated with the wildfires. Marcia Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said one potential hazard is that the deforestation caused by the burning could result in ideal conditions for mosquitos to breed. “Deforestation is directly connected to malaria,” Castro said.

Read the DirectRelief article: For People in the Amazon, Long-Term Health Risks Loom