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The threat of emerging diseases

A warmer UK climate could see an increase in relatively unknown diseases, explains George Winter

In March 2015, the Lancet issued a press release entitled ‘Experts warn of potential upsurge in mosquito and tick-borne diseases as UK climate gets warmer.’ The warning, from Dr Jolyon Medlock and Professor Steve Leach of Public Health England’s Emergency Response Department, suggests primary care nurses may soon need to acquaint themselves with a number of emerging diseases that are still relatively unknown in the UK.1

Mosquito and tick diseases
The mosquito-borne diseases that may present the UK with future public health challenges are West Nile fever, dengue, chikungunya – for which no specific antiviral treatments exist – and the protozoan disease malaria, which is amenable to anti-malarial drug treatment2.

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