Meeting in Amsterdam, the Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases raises the alarm: tropical diseases spread by insects are increasing in Europe. Experts point directly to global warming.
“Mediterranean Europe is now a part-time tropical region, where vectors like the tiger mosquito are already established,” says Guardian Giovanni Rezza, a member of the Istituto Superiore de Sanità in Rome.
Because of this particular climate, the region faces a major problem: insect-borne tropical diseases such as dengue, leishmaniasis and encephalitis are on the rise in Europe. Even some European areas, higher in altitude and latitude, or even the north of Europe, are exposed to these risks.
A favorable climate for tiger mosquitoes
This is the alert launched by the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases recently held in Amsterdam. For the experts, the culprit is found: global warming. With it, a climate warmer and wetter was indeed installed in Europe, which resulted in the proliferation of tiger mosquitoes, ticks and other insect vectors of tropical diseases.
According to scientists, he is not the only one, however. As emphasized by Professor Jan Semenza, senior author of the report, we must also take into account factors such as “the globalization, socio-economic development, urbanization, and transformation.” The goal is to “limit the importation and spread” of these diseases.
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