Scots warned about health risks from new ‘supermidge’

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Changes to the Scottish climate could soon see the rise of a new species of ‘supermidge’ with the potential to transmit disease to humans, according to industry experts.

Pyramid Travel Products say that the increased number of foreign species being found in Scotland could be bad news for agriculture, tourism, and even human health.

In Scotland the most common form of midge bite comes from the Culicoides impunctatus species (better known as highland biting midge) which is responsible for 90% of bites. Despite this, there are now over 37 different species of midge known to exist across Scotland.

There has been increasing concern about other more aggressive species of midge being blown over from Europe including Culicoides obsoletus.

These species have been responsible for outbreaks of deadly Bluetongue and Schmallenburg virus in livestock.

Nicola Cameron from Pyramid Travel Products said:

“Scots are used to dealing with the nuisance and discomfort caused by midge bites, but there are concerns that a new breed of ‘supermidge’ could in time bring new problems, not confined to the usual discomfort associated with the Highland midge.”