Finally the temperatures are rising, spring is in front of the door. However, this also means that the ticks are active again. Already in 2018 was a good year for ticks. The upcoming summer period could top that but once again. In more and more Parts of Germany, there is the risk after a tick bite in TBE, meningitis, developing. Previously, these areas were more likely to be in the South of Germany. But now the Emsland in the Northern state of lower Saxony is one of areas to risk.
2018, a total of 583 cases of TBE were registered, the highest level since the beginning of the reporting requirement in 2001. In Brandenburg, there is already this year, 47 cases of this disease, according to the “image”. In Thuringia, there are therefore 42 cases and, therefore, twice as many as in the previous year. The tick season lasts from April to October, sometimes the animals are already in February, active. The winters are mild, you can start even earlier. “In the last 20 years, TBE cases (meningeal inflammation) have been reported in humans, around four weeks earlier and four weeks later in the year,“ says Dr. Gerhard Dobler from the National consultant laboratory for TBE in Munich, the “image”. Is it rigid in multiple, consecutive days of seven degrees or warmer, and awakening ticks from the winter.
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Sick after tick bite – so you minimize the risk
Who roams in the coming days, through forests and meadows, will usually get a quick tick. The spinning animals are already at moderate temperatures active and can transmit Borrelia bacteria and rarely a virus. Even if the risk is low, biologists precautions.
Where ticks are particularly active
Among the risk areas in parts of Bavaria, Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, Thuringia and Hesse, as in previous years. A total of 161 districts are affected. In Bavaria, only five country and city districts in areas to the risk, according to the “BR”: SK Augsburg, LK Dillingen a. d. Donau, LK Fürstenfeldbruck, SK Munich, and SK Schweinfurt.
A further aggravation of the Situation could play through hotter summer in Germany. Experts fear that this new species of Ticks such as Hyalomma or the ornate cow tick arrive in Germany. The Hyalomma was first surfaced in 2018 in greater numbers. Actually, this tick lives in the tropics and Suptropen and can transmit causative agent of Crimean-Congo fever, or typhus fever, the Robert-Koch-Institute.
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Ticks, trees fall? The truth about five ticks-myths
A mild Winter, a warm spring and a long summer of 2018 promises to be a tick of the year. Around the blood-sucker, there are some rumors. We take five myths under the magnifying glass.
Don’t panic about the ticks
Panic need not, however, break out In Germany, yet only 19 copies in eight States were found. None was carrying a dangerous pathogen. The Standing Committee on vaccination recommends that in high-risk areas to live or vacation, to get vaccinated. Also Wear long clothing and use of Insect repellents is recommended.
On this map of the RKI you can see in which Parts of Germany the danger is greatest.
Sources: Picture; The Robert Koch Institute; Bayerischer Rundfunk