Climate Change

Health written question – answered on 4th April 2005.

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Photo of Pete Wishart Pete Wishart Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely change in incidence in UK citizens of (a) Dengue Fever, (b) malaria and (c) meningitis arising from climate change; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

Dengue Fever and malaria occurs in United Kingdom citizens as travel-related infections acquired abroad. The Chief Medical Officer's national expert panel on new and emerging infections recently considered the risks posed by vector-borne diseases and concluded that they do not pose any significant public health threat in the UK and that climate changes are unlikely to lead to any significant increase in such diseases.

Reported cases of laboratory confirmed meningitis for England and Wales has shown a slight decline in recent years. The impact of climate changes globally upon the incidence of meningitis in the UK population cannot be predicted.

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