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Ocean Temperatures Provide Early-Warning System for Malaria

Temperatures on the surface of the tropical South Atlantic Ocean in July can predict the severity of malaria outbreaks in northwestern India that begin to peak four months later, Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have discovered.

The correlation they have found between ocean temperatures and distant monsoons that worsen malaria epidemics not only provides new information on the interaction of weather systems around the globe, but offers a new way to anticipate the need for anti-malaria resources in any given year.

The finding was published March 3, 2013, in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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