Dengue Fever is Coming to Non-Tropical Countries, and Climate Change Causes It

Scientists are warning that a wide range of diseases, including dengue fever, could easily make their way to the United Kingdom in light of the recent unusual climate manifestations. The emissions of carbon dioxide are causing unpredictable weather fronts all around the globe, which lead to a new wave of diseases, this time, the ones specific to the equatorial region.

Great Britain is currently facing the beginning of an intense heatwave since the daily temperatures often exceeded 30C for the past weeks. For example, the capital has seen the highest streak of warmth, which has not been experienced in almost six decades.

The last time that the United Kingdom has seen temperatures above 34C was back in 1961, according to the Met Office. In addition to this, South Wales and the South West have experienced the same alarmingly high increase in daily degrees.

However, the country was soon engulfed by awe-inspiring thunderstorms. Even if this might look like a good sign and that the country is finally getting back to normal, scientists all over the world have warned that the polar extremes in the weather might indicate the opposite.

The first conclusion that arose was the fact that the effects of climate change are becoming even more visible than before. Furthermore, common diseases in tropical regions now have the possibility to make their way into areas that have long been inhabitable for them.

Back in 2015, the director of the Wellcome Trust, Jeremy Farrar, declared during an interview for The Observer that cases of dengue fever will soon become a thing in the United Kingdom. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes, and the symptoms include fever, headache, and occasional low blood pressure. What is even more alarming is the fact that 2.5% of the patients die from the disease.

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