I'M A Celebrity's multimillionaire campmates are set to face a hellish mix of cockroaches, mosquitos and giant spiders after the camp was hit by torrential rain.
The creepy critters are set to thrive in the wet and humid conditions, adding an extra challenge to life in the jungle.
Professor Dieter Hochuli, of the Integrative Ecology Group at the University of Sydney, told the Mirror: "The big one that is causing lots of concerns for this upcoming summer is mosquitoes.
"Their biology is driven by available water and higher temperatures means they will be able to reproduce quickly once the weather heats up.
"The public health risks are significant and it will be an important summer for covering up and wearing repellent. This moist environment is really helping insects deal with one of the greatest threats which is drying out."
It comes after panicked ITV bosses were forced to close the camp after floods hit the area.
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Last week work on the set was cancelled, with all crew forced off site by the extreme conditions, just days before the celebrities are due to arrive.
A local source said: “The camp was closed yesterday due to the extreme rain. No staff were allowed on site because it was too dangerous.
“They were told to get out of the area and totally downed tools.
“It meant a precious day of preparation was lost as crew faced a race against time to get the site ready.
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“But they were all back on site today, so fingers crossed they can make up the lost time.”
An ITV spokesman said: "We closed site for 24 hours as a precautionary measure due to the inclement weather."
The reality show is due to start on November 6 in Australia for the first time since 2019 after a two year hiatus during the pandemic.
Alerts were issued across south-east Queensland last month as a highly infectious disease called Q Fever raged through the country.
Q Fever is so deadly, it can be spread by inhaling contaminated dust and can have serious consequences for those infected, including organ damage.
A source said: “I’m A Celebrity’s return to Oz was so important to ITV and was something fans of the show were hugely excited for. Another infectious disease is really the last thing ITV needs.”
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ITV said they would ensure production met all UK and Australian guidelines ready for Ant and Dec's flagship show.
Caused by a dangerous bacteria called Coxiella burnetii, Q Fever or Query Fever is said to be most commonly transmitted to humans who work with animals.
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