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Beware of tick bites


Date: 12/06/2015
Source: Bunte (D)

Ticks belong to the arachnid family and can harbour the tickborne encephelitis virus, FSME, (also known as spring-summer encephelitis) and the bacterial infection known as Lyme disease (also called Lyme borreliosis). One can be vaccinated against FSME but not yet against Lyme disease.

An early and definite indication of infection and the risk of Lyme disease is a red spot or rash near the bite site a few days after the initial bite. Treatment with antibiotics is swift and reliable. The rash may however be very pale or remain undetected, especially if it is behind the knee.
Usually people recover from tick bites with no further consequences – it is rare for the bacteria to pass into the nervous system.
However tick bites can cause severe muscle or joint pains, fever or stiffness and even paralysis in which case antibiotics are again prescribed. But once nerves have been attacked the damage is irreversible.
If you find yourself in an area at risk, make sure you wear sturdy shoes and long trousers tucked into your socks. And don’t forget to use an anti-tick spray.
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