Scientists warn UK govt of a new ‘deadly virus’ due to climate change

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Last Updated on June 16, 2023 by Anshima Gupta

London, June 15 (IANS) Even as the UK government attempts to prepare for new pandemics, the country’s scientists have warned about a new ‘deadly virus’ that kills nearly every second patient.

The government’s Science, Innovation and Technology Committee was informed of a “highly likely” arrival of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) due to climate change, the Mirror reported.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), CCHF has a mortality rate of up to 40 per cent and is difficult to prevent or treat as it spreads by ticks or animal tissue.

It is also on the WHO’s list of “priority” diseases, and it’s found in eastern Europe and now France.

The scientists noted that CCHF infections may not be picked up by doctors in the NHS, as previously they hadn’t been expected, the scientists informed the Committee.

Prof James Wood, head of veterinary medicine at Cambridge University, told the committee that it was “highly likely” that CCHF would reach the UK at some point but it is difficult to know which viruses will arrive and when, the report said.

“We don’t know what is going to arrive until it does.

“Some tick-borne infections, so Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, are highly likely to spread in the UK through our ticks at some point,” he was quoted as saying.

Further, the scientists noted that warmer weather in the UK will also pave the way for other diseases including Rift Valley fever, which has a severe strain that is deadly for humans, Zika, and abreakbone’ fever.

There was a “slow march north” of diseases, Professor Bryan Charleston, Director of the Pirbright Institute, was quoted as saying.

According to Professor Sir Peter Horby, Director of the Pandemic Sciences Institute at Oxford University, climate change was mixing up the map of where to find certain illnesses.

Dengue, which is classically a South American, South East Asian disease and is hyperendemic in those countries (has) spread North, you’re now seeing transmission in the Mediterranean,”he said.

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