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Swedes Called on to Save Their Ticks

Published onsdag 30 maj 2007 kl 12.59

In a bid to find out how dangerous blood-sucking ticks in Sweden really are, researchers at Linköping University have said they want the general public to hand in the minute insects for tests.

Researchers are hoping to collect 10,000 of the blood-thirsty creatures from across the country over the next five years, to study just how dangerous they are, and to how many people fall ill from inflamation of the brain, lime disease and tick fever, from tick bites.

The study also hopes to discover if ticks in different regions ofSweden are more infectious than others.

Instead of disposing of insects that attach themselves to people this summer, the team at Linköping University hope that tick victims will put the insects in bottles and hand them in to their local health center, where those effected will also have a blood test.

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