A scientist from the WHO has warned that dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, is likely to become more widespread in southern Europe, the United States, and Africa in the coming decade. This is due to climate change, which is creating more favorable conditions for the mosquitoes that carry the virus. “We have had more outbreaks since then and it is estimated that the mosquito is present in about 22 European countries,” said Dr. Jeremy Farrar, the WHO’s chief scientist, in an interview with Reuters.
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Dengue in Europe
Climate change is making it easier for dengue-carrying mosquitoes to spread to new areas. Warmer temperatures allow the mosquitoes to survive and breed in new places. The WHO is working with countries to prepare for the increased risk of the fever. This includes strengthening surveillance systems, improving vector control measures, and educating the public about the disease.