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"Mosquito-borne disease risk looms for UK - study"


A new report by the UK Health Security Agency states that, in a worst-case scenario of global temperatures rising by 4°C by 2100 as a result of unmitigated climate change, parts of the UK risk becoming home to an increased number of invasive species, including the Asian tiger mosquito. This could result in the spread of diseases, such as dengue fever (currently common only in tropical regions) in UK cities such as London, as mosquitoes bite infected people, and subsequently bite and infect other individuals. The UK Health Security Agency report also outlines other health impacts on the UK of rising greenhouse emissions and temperatures, such as increased excess deaths, worsening mental health (in particular, among young people), and the physical and psychological effects of more frequent and widespread drought and wildfires.


UK Health Security Agency (2023). Health Effects of Climate Change (HECC) in the UK: State of the evidence 2023 (GOV-14571). Available at: (Accessed: 12 December 2023) 


BLANE, D. N. & BASU, N. 2023. Tackling climate change and health inequalities in primary care. Fam Pract, 40, 498-501.

KIM, C. L., et al. 2023. Mitigating the effects of climate change on human health with vaccines and vaccinations. Front Public Health, 11, 1252910.

LAMPARD, P., et al. 2023. Priorities for research to support local authority action on health and climate change: a study in England. BMC Public Health, 23, 1965.

MARTIN-KERRY, J. M., et al. 2023. 'I don't really associate climate change with actual people's health': a qualitative study in England of perceptions of climate change and its impacts on health. Public Health, 219, 85-90.

MASSELOT, P., et al. 2023. Excess mortality attributed to heat and cold: a health impact assessment study in 854 cities in Europe. Lancet Planet Health, 7, e271-e281.

NAG, R. 2023. A methodological framework for ranking communicable and non-communicable diseases due to climate change - A focus on Ireland. Sci Total Environ, 880, 163296.

SHOIB, S., et al. 2023. Prevention of suicides associated with global warming: perspectives from early career psychiatrists. Front Psychiatry, 14, 1251630.

WOODLAND, L., et al. 2023. Investigating the Health Impacts of Climate Change among People with Pre-Existing Mental Health Problems: A Scoping Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 20.

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