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Heatwave health warning as climate change hits

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Global warming could lead to fatal summer heatwaves claiming thousands of lives, according to a new government report that predicts the impact of climate change on the nation’s health.
According to Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK, there is a one in 40 chance of a heatwave that will claim 3,000 lives in South-East England alone by 2012.

Tick-borne diseases are also more likely to become a problem as summers become warmer, and health authorities should be vigilant for outbreaks of diseases such as malaria, the Health Protection Agency Report says.

But winter deaths are likely to decline as winters become warmer, compensating for the higher likelihood of killer heatwaves.

Public health minister Dawn Primarolo said: ‘Key areas for the NHS in adapting to climate change include adapting the health and social care infrastructure to be more resilient to the effects of heat.’
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