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What author really said about malaria and climate change

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7299.1429/a (Published 09 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1429
  1. Andy Haines ([email protected]), dean
  1. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT

    EDITOR—I am writing to correct an error in a quotation attributed to me in a News article and to clarify my remarks.1 Malaria is of course a vector-borne disease, not an airborne disease. Vector-borne diseases are sensitive to climatic factors such as temperature and precipitation. The distribution of a particular vector-borne disease, however, depends on a range of factors, including the biology of the local vector species, the local environment, and the effectiveness of vector control programmes. …

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