Diseases carried by vectors may spread and intensify in Europe through global travel and trade

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Diseases carried by vectors may spread and intensify in Europe because of global trade, travel, increased urbanization and changing weather patterns.

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe is raising the alarm ahead of World Health Day observed on 7 April.

WHO says every year 77,000 Europeans fall sick with diseases transmitted through insect vectors like mosquitoes, sand flies and tick bites.

Between 1990 and 2010, these insects passed diseases to more than 1.5 million Europeans, says WHO.

Five thousand cases of malaria were reported in 2013, a very high number despite the region's rapid progress in eliminating locally transmitted malaria.

Dengue – the world's fastest growing vector-borne disease- has also reappeared in Europe after 60 years of absence.

WHO says early detection of cases in humans as well as vector surveillance and control can help contain the spread of these diseases.

The WHO Regional Office for Europe, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, serves 53 countries stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, with a population of almost 900 million.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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