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Tick encephalitis infection rates significantly increase in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBy the middle of August 87 people in Latvia were infected with tick encephalitis in Latvia. This is 30 cases more in comparison with the same period of 2015, as reported by Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Infection rates of the Lime disease has reduced slightly in Latvia – 187 infection cases this year (208 last year). Erlihioza infection rate this has been 22 people (12 more in comparison with the same period of 2015).

Although, tick encephalitis has been known to decline in Latvia in the July and August period, the activity of ticks in the first half of 2016 has been unusually high.

«August and September are mushroom and berry months. People spend more time in woods, where they can be bitten by ticks. Because ticks seem particularly active this year, people should consider their safety very carefully before going outside,» – advises Biowarin Vaccination Centre’s manager Arija Stalbova.

Tick encephalitis, unlike other diseases transmitted by ticks is incurable. The only effective form of protection is vaccination. The traditional vaccination scheme includes three vaccine injections. The second vaccine injection is performed 1-3 months after the first. This provides immunity for a single season. The third injection is performed 6-12 months after the second. To maintain immunity, re-vaccination has to be performed every 3-5 years.

Precipitation-rich August has not reduced tick activity, it seems. Their survival is only negatively impacted by dry weather. Nevertheless, strong rain can impede their activity, making it harder for these arachnids to move about, SPKC specialists say.

There has been a major increase in the number of children who are vaccinated against tick encephalitis by their parents using their personal money – 4,359 children in the January-July period of 2016, which is 1,171 children more in comparison with the same period of 2015.

«It seems more and more parents have taken notice of the risk of encephalitis to their children and choose to protect their children from this dangerous and unpredictable disease,» – Stalbova emphasizes.

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