Summary: Aedes species as arbovirus vectors
At a global scale, Aedes mosquitoes and Aedes-transmitted arboviruses such as dengue viruses represent an increasing threat to human health. Not only has Aedes aegypti, the primary vector of dengue, Yellow Fever and chigungunya viruses, (re-)emerged throughout the tropics ans sub-tropics, but another vector species, A. albopictus, is now on the agenda as one of the world’s worst invasive species.
Above all, anthropogenic factors attributed to this spread, e.g. trade and cargo shipping. In addition, these species are able to adapt perfectly to human habitation. Yet, climate factors seem to have played only a minor role in this context, but might contribute to future spreading towards temperate regions including Central Europe.