Scientists have warned that a crippling tropical disease which has already infected 200 people in Italy, causing one death could be heading from Britain. Chikungunya which has already taken a foothold in Europe, causes fever and crippling muscle pain and is spread by mosquitoes. Health officials stated that it is the first time an outbreak of the disease has been confirmed outside the tropics. There are fears that a succession of mild winters and warm summers could allow the disease to spread to France, Switzerland and the U.K. United Nations scientists have warned that rising world temperatures, a result of global warming, could bring more tropical diseases to Europe in the future. A very worrying prospect.
On a lighter note United Nations scientists also stated that global warming is improving the quality of wine and making it more alcoholic as rising temperatures have led to bumper crops of grapes and increased their sugar content. At last a positive side of global warming!
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