Climate change and mosquito-borne diseases in China: a review

Global Health. 2013 Mar 9;9:10. doi: 10.1186/1744-8603-9-10.


China has experienced noticeable changes in climate over the past 100 years and the potential impact climate change has on transmission of mosquito-borne infectious diseases poses a risk to Chinese populations. The aims of this paper are to summarize what is known about the impact of climate change on the incidence and prevalence of malaria, dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis in China and to provide important information and direction for adaptation policy making. Fifty-five papers met the inclusion criteria for this study. Examination of these studies indicates that variability in temperature, precipitation, wind, and extreme weather events is linked to transmission of mosquito-borne diseases in some regions of China. However, study findings are inconsistent across geographical locations and this requires strengthening current evidence for timely development of adaptive options. After synthesis of available information we make several key adaptation recommendations including: improving current surveillance and monitoring systems; concentrating adaptation strategies and policies on vulnerable communities; strengthening adaptive capacity of public health systems; developing multidisciplinary approaches sustained by an new mechanism of inter-sectional coordination; and increasing awareness and mobilization of the general public.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • China / epidemiology
  • Climate Change*
  • Culicidae
  • Dengue / epidemiology*
  • Dengue / transmission
  • Encephalitis, Japanese / epidemiology*
  • Encephalitis, Japanese / transmission
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Insect Vectors
  • Malaria / epidemiology*
  • Malaria / transmission
  • Prevalence
  • Risk