With climate change, tropical insect-spread diseases expand to Europe

With rising temperatures in parts of Europe because of climate change, insect-borne diseases such as dengue fever, leishmaniasis and encephalitis are on the rise, scientists warn. Expansion of international travel and trade is also cited as a reason.

According to the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, areas in higher latitudes and altitudes, including some parts of northern Europe, which were previously unaffected are now under attacks from these new microbes.

Disease-carrying mosquitoes, ticks and other insects are now increasingly expanding to new areas as the temperature in these places rise. They were previously largely confined to tropical and subtropical regions.

The assembly was told to take action to improve surveillance and data sharing.

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