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TBE Warning as Tick Season Begins

Published måndag 6 april 2009 kl 13.21
Small but dangerous - ticks

The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control has warned of the growing risk of contracting TBE, short for Tick-Borne Encephalitis. In a recent survey the institute pointed out that the Stockholm region with its archipelago in particular is showing rising numbers of TBE cases, transmitted by the small archnoid blood-sucking parasites.

The TBE threat is rated as severe because so far there is no antidote to fight the infection. According to the survey last year 220 cases of tick-borne encephalitis were reported nationwide. At the same time there was a much higher number of borrelia infections, also caused by ticks. However, borrelia is avoidable by vaccination and, once contracted, can be treated successfully. To ensure better protection against tick attacks, health authorities urge citizens and tourists to wear solid shoes and pants that will keep the parasites off the skin.

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