The Government is increasing its mosquito surveillance in an attempt to thwart the growing number of dengue fever diagnoses.
The Aedes Albopictus species, the mosquito which carries the infection, has been gradually moving northwards.
Cases have been recorded in France, Italy, and most recently Cyprus, as well as other European countries.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKSHA) has ramped up its measures, installing more traps at travel hubs throughout south England.
New traps will monitor any possible mosquitoes transported via lorry and shipping containers into the country
The traps will monitor any possible mosquitoes transported via lorry and shipping containers into the country.
The project, which is due to be delivered by spring 2024, is also facilitating the training of officials to better spot the Aedes Albopictus species and understand more about what conditions it thrives in.
“We’re expanding as the threat increases. In the last two years, there have been an increasing number of cases of dengue in Europe,” Dr Jolyon Medlock, Head of Medical Entomology at UKHSA, told the Telegraph.
“It’s all about ensuring that we’re using the right traps in the right place.”