Climate change could bring Zika and malaria to Britain, the Department of Health fears, and has announced a multi-million pound research fund to tackle the health effects of global warming.
Currently deadly diseases spread by mosquitoes are confined to warmer climates, because the insects cannot survive in chillier northern areas.
But temperatures are rising and by 2040 the average daily temperature in the UK is expected to by between 0.5C and 1C hotter than today. In February conditions hit 69.8F (21C) in West London, making it the first British winter to have ever passed 68F (20C).
Now the Department of Health has announced up to £56 million for research into issues such as the potential health…