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Modelling the climatic suitability of Chagas disease vectors on a global scale

  1. Fanny E Eberhard  Is a corresponding author
  2. Sarah Cunze
  3. Judith Kochmann
  4. Sven Klimpel
  1. Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
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Cite this article as: eLife 2020;9:e52072 doi: 10.7554/eLife.52072

Abstract

The Triatominae are a vector species for Trypanosoma cruzi, the aetiological agent of the neglected tropical Chagas disease. Their distribution stretches across Latin America, with some species occurring outside of the Americas. In particular, the cosmopolitan vector, Triatoma rubrofasciata, has already been detected in many Asian and African countries. We applied an ensemble forecasting niche modelling approach to project the climatic suitability of 11 triatomine species under current climate conditions on a global scale. Our results revealed potential hotspots of triatomine species diversity in tropical and subtropical regions between 21°N and 24°S latitude. We also determined the climatic suitability of two temperate species (T. infestans, T. sordida) in Europe, western Australia and New Zealand. Triatoma rubrofasciata has been projected to find climatically suitable conditions in large parts of coastal areas throughout Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia, emphasising the importance of an international vector surveillance program in these regions.

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All data generated or analysed during this study are included in the manuscript and supporting files.

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  1. Fanny E Eberhard

    Institute for Ecology, Evolution and Diversity, Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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  2. Sarah Cunze

    Institute for Ecology, Evolution and Diversity, Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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  3. Judith Kochmann

    Institute for Ecology, Evolution and Diversity, Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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  4. Sven Klimpel

    Institute for Ecology, Evolution and Diversity, Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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No external funding was received for this work.

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  1. Anna Akhmanova, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Publication history

  1. Received: September 20, 2019
  2. Accepted: May 5, 2020
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: May 6, 2020 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: May 19, 2020 (version 2)

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© 2020, Eberhard et al.

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