It looks like spring is finally here! Well, feels like it anyway. Temperatures have soared, people are wearing fewer clothes and suddenly everyone’s driving a convertible!

Yes, the UK has become a sun worshippers dream (at least for the next few days anyway, so don’t throw away the umbrella just yet!)

Now, it’s certainly no bad thing to enjoy fine weather like we are doing, but some scaremongers out there are clearly going to attribute this to climate change.Sensationalist maybe....but is there really a threat to us?

Well, some public health experts think so. And the threat won’t just come from rising tides or burning rays of sunlight either; in fact, it’s the almighty mosquito! Mosquitoes are responsible for transporting some very nasty diseases, including Malaria, Dengue Fever and West Nile Virus.

Currently around the world there are 3.2 billion people at risk from malaria. In 2013 alone there were 198 million recorded cases of malaria and an estimated 584,000 deaths. Usually the victims of these horrible diseases are poverty stricken, unvaccinated children from some of the poorest parts of the world, and its always heartbreaking to see this happen.

But then, even powerful celebrities can fall foul of this tiny insect, as we saw with Cheryl Fernadez-Versini, aka Cheryl Cole, aka ‘the Geordie one from Girls Aloud’. Getting back to the point, the UK is certainly warming up.

This means that mosquitoes are finding our climate much more suitable, providing the perfect conditions for breeding. A pile of old rubber tyres might not seem like a very habitable place.

However, a mosquito might. In fact, the experts say that piles of old tyres make the perfect breeding ground. However, don’t put away your bucket and spade just yet, as there seems to be little to worry about for the time-being, as Dr Amanda Callaghan, University of Reading, told the BBC:

“The chances of there being a malaria epidemic in this country at present are relatively low because there has not been secondary malaria here since the 1950’s....But it’s worth keeping an eye on.”

On 25 April 2015, people around the world will take part in World Malaria Day, which see’s a multitude of events take place which aims to increase awareness on Malaria.


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For more information on tropical diseases and how best to avoid them if travelling abroad please visit the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine website.