‘Dengue fever is coming!’ Why Britain could become tropical disease breeding ground

Heat and thunderstorms, however, aren’t the only things that will accompany climate change.

Disease more common in countries with tropical climates along the equator will now, experts warn, begin to make their way into territories that had hitherto proved uninhabitable, like the UK.

In 2015, Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust warned The Observer that his real fear as the UK warmed was increases in instances of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease that causes fever, headache, and – on occasions – dangerous drops in blood pressure, and about 2.5 percent of cases prove fatal.

He explained: “Before 1970 only seven countries had experienced serious dengue outbreaks.

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