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Thermal thresholds heighten sensitivity of West Nile virus transmission to changing temperatures in coastal California.

Abstract

pools in coastal LA, where temperature variation more frequently traversed the narrow transitional temperature range compared to warmer inland locations. This contributed to a pronounced expansion in the geographical distribution of human cases near the coast during warmer-than-average periods. Our findings suggest that transcritical variation may influence the sensitivity of transmission to climate warming, and that especially vulnerable locations may occur where present climatic fluctuations traverse critical temperature thresholds.

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Jason Rohr

Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla College Professor of Biological Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences

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