Infectious Diseases: Climate Change

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered am ar 12 Rhagfyr 2023.

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Photo of The Bishop of St Albans The Bishop of St Albans Convenor of the Lords Spiritual

To ask His Majesty's Government what precautions they have taken against the spread of infectious diseases resulting from future climate emergencies.

Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) established a Centre for Climate and Health Security to address the challenges posed by climate change to public health. UKHSA was commissioned by the National Adaptation Programme to update the evidence on the health impacts of climate change through a United Kingdom-focused report entitled Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK. This report is due to be published in mid-December.

UKHSA conducts horizon scanning for infectious disease signals to detect, assess and communicate potential infectious threats to UK public health. Working across Government, UKHSA has developed guidance and contingency response plans to support the prevention, management, and control of infectious diseases. Surveillance systems and diagnostic pathways are in place to detect, monitor trends of, report and rapidly diagnose infectious diseases. UKHSA specialist laboratories also work with research and One Health partners to ensure readiness of testing capacity for zoonotic and vector borne diseases, and to develop testing approaches which can detect novel and emerging pathogens.

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