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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Tropical diseases back as Europe warms up

The Sunday Times
January 07, 2007

Tropical diseases back as Europe warms up
By Maurice Chittenden

SCIENTISTS have uncovered the first evidence that diseases such as malaria, long thought beaten in Europe, are making a comeback because of climate change.

Holidaymakers could be at risk this summer because the disease has already re-emerged in Italy, where Mussolini once drained marshes to try to eradicate it.

Italy was declared malaria free in 1970 but cases of malaria are now being registered every year in the country’s southern regions.

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