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How science can protect us from the health effects of climate change

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Our scientists study the health effects of climate change, provide early warning and response to extreme weather events, quantify the health impacts of air pollution and monitor the risks posed by changes in the distribution of vector-borne disease or disruptions within the food system.

Thunderstorm asthma and public health – looking back to move forward

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Thunderstorm asthma: As spring blossoms and we approach the season for these events, in this blog we take a look at the interplay between the weather and our health and how we can use our scientific surveillance systems to inform future public health responses.

Taking the sting out of new and emerging health threats

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In this blog we focus on the activities of our Medical Entomology and Zoonoses Ecology (MEZE) team. That’s our scientists responsible for assessing the emerging risk posed by arthropods (in the UK’s case, primarily ticks and mosquitoes), that can carry and transmit the bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause disease.

Health security labs: Keeping us on the front foot in the fight against health hazards

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The scientific capabilities and technologies at our health security laboratories, including those in our science campuses at Porton Down, Chilton and Colindale and our regional labs co-located with the NHS, are at the core of our mission to protect people from all health hazards.

Understanding the transmission and future risk scenarios of COVID-19

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Disease surveillance is one of UKHSA’s most essential functions. We ensure that we gather the right information at the right time – and present this information clearly and accurately to inform public health decisions in response to emerging or ongoing threats of disease.