Dengue fever: How temperature affects the disease
The high temperatures brought on by the worst of the El Nino weather phenomenon in twenty years appear to be causing increasing cases of dengue fever in Southeast Asia. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne virus that causes a rash, fever, muscle and joint pain that can turn serious and become life threatening. The data was collected from public health records in several countries that helped see the trends. Research like this is important as health care systems can become overburdened. Preparation and planning may be key to helping these areas deal with the disease.