In Peru, recent years have brought severe outbreaks of dengue fever and other viral diseases spread by mosquitoes, including Zika and yellow fever. The El Niño phenomenon and other changing weather conditions appear to be driving disease risk.
COHR is leading this project together with the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and the UW Center for Health and the Global Environment and other members of the UW MetaCenter for Pandemic Disease Preparedness and Global Health Security. Funding comes from the UW Population Health Initiative.
COHR is working with partners at the Universidad Peruano Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) in Lima to map weather-related risk of dengue and other mosquito-borne disease to show how changing weather patterns are leading to new vulnerabilities in parts of the country. This effort is helping the Peru Ministry of Health and CDC and other agencies in Peru find the most useful way to use these data to better prepare for and prevent dengue risk.