Killer mosquito incursion in Kent could sweep across Britain


Forget Scottish independence, the biggest threat to the UK may be an invasion of potentially lethal mosquitoes that is already marching on Britain after arriving in the South East.

The deadly Asian tiger mosquito is a vector for dengue fever and chikungunya, a virus that can cause fevers of up to 40 degrees and joint pains that can last for several years.

The current wave of invaders is said to be carrying the West Nile Virus, which causes symptoms similar to influenza.

According to the Mirror, severe cases cause swelling of the brain and the spinal cord.

The mosquitos have spread across Europe in recent years, and have now been recorded in several locations in Kent.

Public Health England’s Medical Entomology team programme leader Dr Jolyon Medlock said: “One of the things we are looking at is the incursion of invasive mosquitoes which act as vectors for diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya.

“The number of cases is fairly low in Europe at the moment but with climate change and increased globalisation there is the potential for that to change.”

And if the mosquito incursion isn’t worrying enough already, then there is worse to come: scientists are warning that giant spiders are set to sweep across the UK this autumn. The warm summer in Britain provided perfect conditions for invertebrates to thrive in – meaning spiders have had plenty to eat and are bigger than ever.

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