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The tick season is already starting: Warning of infectious diseases and immigrated tick species

The tick season is already starting: Warning of infectious diseases and immigrated tick species


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Ticks stay active longer and new species spread

In 2018, experts spoke of a record year for ticks. The latest studies have shown that the small bloodsuckers are getting active earlier in the year. This also increases the number of reported TBE cases. Due to the mild climate, new tick species such as the tropical Hyalomma tick are spreading, which carry new pathogens such as the Crimean-Congo fever virus or spotted fever bacteria. An expert reports.

Dr. Gerhard Dobler from the National Consultative Laboratory for TBE (Early Summer Meningoencephalitis) recently gave a lecture on the topic of parasite protection. The expert reported that ticks are now active almost all year round and that new types of parasites are spreading. In 2018, a larger number of the tropical and subtropical tick species Hyalomma appeared in Germany for the first time, but the riparian tick from southern Europe was also on the rise.

The dry summer of 2018 made it possible

Experts attribute the strong spread to the dry and hot summer of 2018. "The Hyalomma can transmit dangerous pathogens such as the Crimean Congo fever virus or spotted fever bacteria to humans and animals," reports Dr. Dobler at a press conference from MSD Animal Health. According to the expert, spotted fever bacteria (rickettsiae) were found in half of the hyalomma ticks examined. Should a summer like last year repeat itself in Germany, the new tick species can be expected to be established, the expert warns.

The tick season starts earlier and ends later

"Studies show that human TBE cases have been reported about four weeks earlier and up to four weeks later in the past 20 years," said Dobler. Thus, the tick's activity period is extended by a whole two months. As the tick season gets longer, there is also a generally higher risk of infections and tropical diseases that can be transmitted by the ticks.

Protect pets from parasites

"Ticks, but also fleas and mosquitoes always pose a risk of zoonosis," adds Dr. Rainer Röpke, managing director of MSD Animal Health. Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. A reliable parasite protection is not only protection for beloved pets, but also offers more security for the whole family. In addition to dogs and cats, horses are more often affected. In 2018, ulcers caused by bites from the Hyalomma tick were found in horses. (vb)

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