Mosquitoes: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) the cost would be and (b) assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of extending the surveillance of invasive mosquitoes to cover the whole UK.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

It is not possible to specifically attribute a cost to the potential merits of extending the surveillance of invasive mosquitoes to cover the whole United Kingdom.

Surveillance for invasive mosquitoes was initiated by the Health Protection Agency in 2010 at UK air and seaports. This can be viewed at the following links:

https://parasitesandvectors.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13071-015-0936-9

https://doi.org/10.1111/mve.12396

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