At the Latvian Infectology center, encephalitis has not been detected at all this year but 26% of the tested ticks have shown borrelia. Most testing is done by the 'Central Laboratory', where out of 710 ticks tested, four tested positive for encephalitis but 23% were positive for Lyme, said Central Laboratory's board member Jeļena Storoženko.
Currently, ticks are very active. It is important to remove a tick as soon as it is found.
After removing the tick, it is recommended that you pay attention to possible flu-like symptoms and address the doctor in case such appear. Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics.
Last year, 50 patients of tick-borne encephalitis and 11 patients of Lyme disease were treated at the Latvian Infectology Center. Currently one person is treated inpatient for a severe case of Lyme.
There is no vaccine against Lyme disease but not everyone catches it. The immune system can beat borrelia on its own.
If you wish to test a tick in a laboratory, it must be brought there within 72 hours. It must not be dried or squashed.