Tick activity levels similar to last year in Latvia

Tick activity levels are slightly higher than last year. Individual cases of ehrlichiosis, however, are lower, according to epidemiologist at the Center for Disease prevention and Control Antra Bormane, reported LSM's Latvian service on July 10.

At present, 29 cases of tick-borne encephalitis and 115 cases of Lyme disease have been registered in Latvia. For the time being, no cases of ehrlichiosis have been registered, said Bormane.

“These are last year's levels, perhaps a bit higher, but lower in some ways as well, as there were cases of ehrlichiosis last year. It should be said that the tick activity levels were quite high in springs, but now, as often happens in July, there's a slight dip in tick activity.

"This doesn't mean, however, that you might not encounter ticks, especially in wet places. And therefore the most important thing is wear the proper clothes in order to prevent the ticks getting under them. Ticks usually become attached to the ankle, so it should be especially protected. When walking in the woods, meadows, bushes, any spot with lots of tall grass, it is advised to wear boots, which also protect from snakes,” said Bormane.

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