Belgians warned over tick attacks

23rd July 2004, Comments 0 comments

23 July 2004 , BRUSSELS - Medical experts in Belgium have warned walkers to cover up to protect themselves from tick bites.

23 July 2004

BRUSSELS - Medical experts in Belgium have warned walkers to cover up to protect themselves from tick bites.

La Derniere Heure newspaper reported on Friday that last month Belgium saw a three-fold rise in the number of cases of Lyme disease, which is spread via the bite of small insects called ticks.

If properly diagnosed the disease, which causes inflammation near the bite, can be effectively treated with antibiotics.

But if it is not treated it can cause problems to the joints and nervous system.

Dr Viviane Van Casteren, a tick expert at Leuven university called the latest rise in Lyme disease cases a "spectacular increase."

Experts say the best way to avoid tick bites is to wear long sleeves and trousers when walking in woods and parks.

Ticks are active until the end of September, but they are at their worst in August.

[Copyright Expatica 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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