31 Aug '14, 11am

Europe’s warming brings risk of dengue fever - The Ecologist -

Europe’s warming brings risk of dengue fever - The Ecologist -

Public health agencies in high-risk areas need to plan, implement and evaluate effective reporting of mosquito populations and clinical surveillance by local doctors. Add one more horror to the list of awful threats that climate change poses: it could introduce dengue fever in Europe. Dengue fever is already a hazard for 2.5 billion people in humid tropical regions, and 50-100 million people a year are infected by the mosquito-borne disease. It puts 500,000 of them in hospital each year, and kills around 12,000 - many of them children. And there is still no widely effective vaccine . Since Europe will get warmer as greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere rise, conditions for the carrier mosquito will become more inviting. Paul Hunter, clinical professor at the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia in the UK, reports with colleagues, in the journal BMC Pub...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2534208/eu...

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