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Experts have issued an pressing warning as mosquitos carrying a lethal ‘bone-breaking’ illness arrive within the UK.

Dengue fever is “on our doorstep” with circumstances in Europe greater than doubling. From 2010, to 2021 there have been 73 incidences of dengue – however in 2022 alone there have been 71 circumstances reported and 130 in 2023.

Behind that is the Asian Tiger mosquito, some of the aggressive of its form. They have established properties in 13 European nations together with France, Germany and Italy.

Climate change is creating beneficial situations for the mosquito to unfold, stated the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The ECDC additionally warned that worldwide journey will additional improve the chance of extra European outbreaks.

Tiger mosquitoes unfold ailments corresponding to dengue fever, chikungunya and Zika virus, which, till just lately, have been sometimes solely current in components of Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Dengue begins with flu-like signs corresponding to excessive fever, physique aches and nausea however can turn out to be severe with bleeding noses, persistent vomiting and extreme ache. In some circumstances, it may be deadly.

The fever first gained notoriety within the 1700s when it was dubbed the ‘break bone’ fever, as a result of intense ache it inflicts on muscle tissues and joints

A chew prevention professional, Howard Carter, has stated they pose a “potential health risk”, being current within the southeast of England, together with London.

Mr Carter stated “It is more important this summer than ever before that UK travellers take insect repellent with them.

“Even if they’ve never needed or used it before. A shocking report undertaken by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine states that 74 percent of British holidaymakers do not take insect repellent on their travels.

“This is the main reason Britain now has the highest incidence of imported mosquito-borne disease in Europe.

“This is now not just about ignoring a few itchy bites, we need the use of insect repellent to become a summer standard, even here in the UK – much as you would use a sunscreen, apply before going out, keep insect repellent in your backpack and reapply regularly here and abroad”

It has suggested individuals to take away stagnant water from gardens or balconies, the place mosquitoes can breed, and use repellent in addition to screens on home windows and doorways.