Deadly mosquito-borne diseases could threaten UK within decades, experts warn

March 23, 2015 1:06 PM

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Deadly mosquito-borne diseases could threaten UK within decades, experts warn

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases including dengue fever and West Nile virus could become widespread across Britain within decades due to climate change, health experts said on Monday.

Warmer temperatures and increasing rainfall could provide ideal conditions for the Asian tiger mosquito, which spreads the viruses causing dengue and chikungunya, to breed and expand into Britain, said a study in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.

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