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CLIMOS Project: Preventing the impact of climate change on sand fly-borne diseases


Phlebotomine sand flies can be found in various regions around the world, primarily in warm and tropical climates. However, climate change is dramatically altering their geographical landscape. Milder winters and warmer temperatures extend their reach into new regions, prompting earlier and intensified sand fly activity. This shift increases the risk of sand fly-borne diseases in areas where they were previously non-existent.  

The CLIMOS project is dedicated to monitoring and understanding the influence of climatic and environmental factors on diseases caused by pathogens transmitted by sand flies such as phleboviruses and Leishmania parasites. These pathogens could cause disease states such as summer meningitis and leishmaniasis that can affect both humans and animals. 

The project focuses on developing preventive measures and Early Warning Systems (EWS) to mitigate the impact of sand fly-borne diseases. This includes the creation of predictive models, awareness campaigns, and tools to protect both human and animal health. 

As CLIMOS continues its mission, collaboration and engagement with researchers, policymakers, health ministries, and local communities is crucial. Through workshops, meetings, and training events, CLIMOS seeks to engage and educate stakeholders, fostering a proactive approach to combatting the intersection of climate change and health. 

This initiative aligns with the EU Mission on Climate Change and its impact on health, following a One Health approach. 

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