Malaria outbreaks and tick-borne diseases could happen in the UK as the climate warms up, according to a report.
New research shows there is a one in 40 chance that by 2012 south eastern England will have experienced a serious heatwave. Periods of very cold weather will becoming less common while periods of very hot weather will be more common.
Winter deaths will continue to decline as the climate heats up with flooding an increasing risk.
The updated report on the “Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK,” published by the Department of Health, says health authorities need to remain alert to the possibility of future European malaria outbreaks or to the arrival in the UK of better European vectors of malaria.
UK malaria fear amid climate change