Health alert issued over holiday risks

Published date01 April 2024
Publication titleCoventry Telegraph
The UK Health Security Agency has said that those who have visited some of the biggest locations in the world have been returning to the UK with nasty diseases

Latest data has shown a rise in illnesses including dengue and malaria caused by exposure to mosquitos, reports GloucestershireLive. There have been confirmed cases in parts of the UK who have recently been abroad.

Last year there were 634 dengue cases were reported in returning travellers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. That aligns closely with those in 2019, during the pre-pandemic period, when 790 cases were reported.

The most reported dengue cases in 2023 were acquired in Southern Asia and South- Eastern Asia, particularly India. But there has been a rise in cases acquired in Central America and the Caribbean, due to recent outbreaks in these parts of the world.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been a significant rise in global dengue cases in 2023, which has led to more than five million cases and 5000 deaths worldwide. From January to October last year, a total of 1,637 malaria cases...

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