The Wet and Sweltering Spillover: Happy Mosquitoes, Miserable Humans, Dangerous Disease

September 20, 2021
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Organizer Penn Vet
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The New York Times’s David Leohardt recently wrote about this year’s insufferable summer. “It’s almost as if the entire East Coast has shifted South,” observes Leohardt. “Summers in Philadelphia are hotter than Atlanta summers were not so long ago. These are the cascading effects of climate change, and it’s creating situations that are a mix of unnatural and horrific.”

Climate change is now, and it’s here. Sustained rain events and searing hot temperatures are accelerating thriving mosquito populations. More mosquitoes, more disease. But how does that REALLY happen? What makes mosquitoes such ideal harbors for pathogens and infectious disease? What is the risk to wildlife? And what is the risk to human health?

Get answers to these questions and more. This webinar aims to meld perspectives from three Penn Vet experts who have been characterizing the zoonotic consequences of extreme heat due to climate change. Our speakers will be sharing insights on the impact of heat and precipitation persistence on disease transmission; mosquitoes, insects, and animal hosts for disease; and the very real risk of major spillover events that could compromise the health of wildlife, livestock, and human populations.


Julie Ellis headshot

Julie Ellis

Adjunct Associate Professor of Pathobiology Penn Vet
Lisa Murphy headshot

Lisa Murphy

Associate Professor of Toxicology Penn Vet
Michael Povelones headshot

Michael Povelones

Assistant Professor of Pathobiology Penn Vet


De'Broski Herbert headshot

De'Broski Herbert

Presidential Associate Professor and Associate Professor of Pathobiology Penn Vet