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Project topic: Global warming

Project title: Tropical diseases in western Andalusia

Team: Los 5 fantásticos

IES Fernando Savater   Jerez de la Frontera   Spain   5 Student’s age: 14-15 years old


Research question

We have read that cases of tropical diseases are increasing in western Andalusia. Is it true that this increase is taking place? Would this phenomenon be related to the increase in average temperature?

Summary of the project

El pasado verano se ha producido cierta alarma entre la población del valle del Guadalquivir debido a la aparición de varios casos de Fiebre del Nilo. Esta enfermedad se transmite fundamentalmente a través de la picadura de los mosquitos. La propia Consejería de Salud de la Junta de Andalucía ha mostrado su preocupación y ha decidido iniciar un estudio sobre cómo afecta el cambio climático, las aves migratorias y la cabaña ganadera a la aparición de casos de enfermedades tropicales, que eran muy poco habituales en el pasado.
Pretendemos analizar si efectivamente se está produciendo un aumento de casos de enfermedades tropicales y si este aumento tiene alguna relación con el cambio climático.

Main results and Conclusions
Poster of our research (in Spanish)

Global warming is changing migratory routes and now there are new species that are acclimatizing to our area.
There is a direct relationship between a greater presence of the tiger mosquito and the increase in cases of Dengue and Zika.
We must monitor the evolution of these tropical diseases in Spain.

What’s Next? Actions to make a difference and help lessen the problem

We will show the results to the educational community, participating in a science fair.
We will study the evolution of tropical diseases.

Project link:

https://sites.google.com/iesfernandosavater.net/ciencia/x-feria-de-la-ciencia/an%C3%A1lisis-de-consecuencias-del-cambio-clim%C3%A1tico

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