Mosquitoes carrying serious diseases could become widespread across the UK in the next few decades as the climate warms, experts claim.
Biting insects that transmit “vector-borne” infections once confined to equatorial regions have already invaded parts of southern and eastern Europe.
Now a new study predicts it will not be long before the unwelcome visitors arrive in Britain, bringing with them tropical diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya.
The UK climate is already said to be suitable for mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus, an infection that causes a flu-like illness which on rare occasions can prove fatal.
Mosquito control is not a function of temperature. It’s a function of drainage and spraying. Which is why malaria used to be endemic in this country when it was cooler and now is entirely absent.