In Central Saxony, 81 cases of the disease have been registered so far this year, which can be associated with fever, lymph node swelling, muscle and joint pain. Since 2015, the number of Lyme disease cases in the district has been between 127 and 242 per year.
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Illness is notifiable
In 2016, 2017 and 2019 only one case was known of early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE), which is also transmitted by ticks, but also through the consumption of raw milk from an infected animal. For both diseases there is an obligation to report.
To protect against and remove ticks, Cornelia Kluge, press spokeswoman for the District Office, advises: “You should shower after a walk in the forest. The ticks that are still searching are rinsed off before they can attach themselves. ”In addition, long, light-colored clothing is cheap, pants are tucked into boots or closed with a rubber ring at the bottom, as are the sleeves. This significantly restricts the access for the ticks. They are easily recognizable on clothing.
Pull out the tick, do not twist it
« If the tick has already bitten, then you should carefully pull it out with a tick tweezer within the first few hours, but not turn it, » said the spokeswoman. The site of the sting should be disinfected and a doctor should be consulted if the reddening spreads.
Small animals and pets should also be searched and combed after trips. The ticks are removed the same way they are removed from humans. A preventive vaccination against Lyme disease is recommended for dogs.
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