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Health officials in Switzerland are reporting an increase in tick bites and tick borne diseases like Lyme disease through August this year.

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Erythema migrans/James Gathany

To date, there have been 8,400 cases of acute Lyme disease. This compares with the 5,300 reported in 2015.

In addition, more than 100 cases of  tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) have been reported. This all comes after the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland reported seeing record number tick bites, the most in eight years.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) says Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks. Ticks become infected when they feed on birds or mammals that carry the bacterium in their blood. The disease can be found mainly in Europe, North America and temperate Asia.

Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. This rash occurs in approximately 60–80% of infected persons and begins at the site of a tick bite after a delay of 3–30 days. A distinctive feature of the rash is that it gradually expands peripherally over a period of several days.

If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Most cases of Borreliosis can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics.

No vaccine against Borreliosis is currently available, so tick awareness, appropriate clothing in tick-infested areas, and early removal of attached ticks remain the most important prevention measures.

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  1. […] Health officials in Switzerland are reporting an increase in tick bites and tick borne diseases like Lyme disease through August this year. To date, there have been 8,400 cases of acute Lyme disease. This compares with the 5,300 reported in 2015. In addition, more than 100 cases of  tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) have been reported. This all comes […] Europe – Outbreak News Today […]

  2. Carol says:

    It’s hardly surprising this is happening
    I found there was a problem with Electropollution over 20 years ago.
    Industry and government are prepared to break legislation and install new technologies.
    Tick like radiation. The bee population is down 3rd in 9 yrs.
    Electropollution creates a mis balance in nature.
    With so called experts assuming it’s low powered it not low powered.
    It’s not read in Hertz.
    Wi-Fi is not low powered it’s just off scale its nuclear.
    Industries are threatening people if the complain.
    If the bees go that’s the end of us. Regardless if your Electrosenstive.
    The medical profession don’t know how their machines work.
    Then they start telling their patients they are mentally ill

  3. sujana says:

    Thanks for this highly informative report.I wonder why the different sort of fatal disease due to bite of ticks and mites are circulating over the world these days. Same here in Nepal scrub typhus caused by (Orientia tsutsugamushi ) the bite of the “chigger mite” is circulating over different places of Nepal at an alarming rate. Many cases are reported as positive only by kit methods however this is the matter of concern for the confirmatory diagnosis of the disease.Due to lack of recent available techniques many of the case remains un-diagnosed and thus causes diffculty in reporting of disease.

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