Experts expect more tick cases
According to experts, there is a real tick plague this year due to the weather. As a result, the little bloodsuckers are expected to have significantly more diseases in 2018. To protect yourself, you should keep the crawling animals away from your skin if possible.
Bloodsuckers can transmit dangerous diseases
Ticks can transmit dangerous infectious diseases such as Lyme disease and early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE). The KKH commercial health insurance company expects significantly more diseases from the small bloodsuckers this year than in previous years. Because experts like the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) assume that 2018 will even be a veritable “tick year”.
Arachnids have multiplied rapidly
"The winter was mild, the spring was very warm and the summer is hot, so the arachnids have increased rapidly," explains Sven Seißelberg, pharmacist at KKH in a message.
This also increases the risk of developing early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE) or Lyme disease (LB) from a tick bite.
According to the information, the number of infected KKH insured persons has decreased slightly in recent years and was 1,326 cases of Lyme disease and 197 FSME nationwide in 2017. Now the numbers should rise again significantly.
Therefore, it is now increasingly a matter of protecting yourself effectively from tick bites.
Protect from ticks
The tricky thing, however, is that you cannot be vaccinated against Lyme disease. Only long clothing and special tick protection agents help to prevent this.
"Anyone who is stung by a tick and who observes a ring-shaped reddening around the injection site a few days to weeks later, who also feels tired, gets a fever and a headache, should see a doctor," warns Seißelberg.
Because the disease is transmitted by bacteria, it can be treated well with antibiotics, especially in the early stages.
There is preventive vaccination against TBE transmitted by a virus, which can lead to meningitis.
The KKH points out that insured persons who live within the TBE risk areas in Germany or travel there (especially Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, South Hesse and southeastern Thuringia) will not incur any costs.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a large proportion of the diseases could be prevented by increasing the vaccination rate, especially in the risk areas.
Three vaccinations are usually necessary to achieve full protection. This then lasts for at least three years. "Vaccination is possible all year round," explains Seißelberg. (ad)