MANILA, Philippines — The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday warned that global warming could increase threats of malaria and dengue fever.
“Among the potential effects of global warming would be the appearance of mosquitoes where they were previously absent, with the accompanying threat of malaria and dengue fever,” WHO said.
WHO is organizing a forum among international experts in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next week to address health threats posed by global warming. Representatives from 14 countries will attend the meeting.
In a statement, WHO said that climate change “directly or indirectly contributes to about 77,000 deaths annually in Asia and the Pacific.”
“We have now reached a critical stage in which global warming has already seriously impacted lives and health, and this problem will pose an even greater threat to mankind in coming decades if we fail to act now,” WHO regional director for the Western Pacific Shigeru Omi said.