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A major concern in the United States, where the dreaded disease of malaria is often diagnosed in people who have not traveled abroad. This means that they were infected locally. This is particularly the case in a number of holiday parks. The authorities fear that malaria mosquitoes are on the rise and are sounding the alarm and treating any detected case as an emergency. Experts suggest that rising temperatures are a possible cause and that a mosquito invasion may be imminent.
As a result of the climate crisis, dangerous mosquitoes are increasingly present in Europe, such as the malaria mosquito and the tiger mosquito, which transmit dengue fever. RTL News writes:
Mosquitoes that can infect people with (viral) diseases such as dengue, Zika, malaria and West Nile virus are on the rise in Europe. This is according to a new report from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). As a result, the risk of infection with such a virus increases. The ECDC report concerns two subtropical invasive species of the Aedes mosquito genus, which are not native to Europe. They have been on the rise in Europe for several decades and can transmit viruses from person to person. Aedes mosquitoes exist More parts of Europe to settle, which means they overwinter and breed here. According to the institute, this is due to global warming, an increase in heat waves and floods, and a longer and warmer summer. Under these changing conditions, insects can survive more easily all year round.
The tiger mosquito is already widespread in southern Europe, but it is also establishing itself in the Netherlands. This type is capable of spreading up to 22 different types of viruses. If the mosquito bites an infected person, the people who are subsequently stung will also become infected. Dengue in particular, also called denue, is a frightening disease, in part because of the intense pains. The name refers to the feeling that bones are breaking. In 2022, 71 cases were recorded in Europe. That may not sound like much, but it’s more than it has been in the previous 10 years combined.
He. She RIVM message The disease is spreading rapidly, especially in the Caribbean, in the Netherlands:
The number of dengue virus infections has increased very rapidly in recent decades. An estimated 90 million symptomatic dengue virus infections occur worldwide each year, including 500,000 cases of severe dengue, mostly children. . Dozens of dengue cases are reported annually from the Caribbean, Netherlands.
RIVM also provides a number of tips to prevent contamination, such as covering bare skin.
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