More infected ticks found

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20 April 2007, WAGENINGEN – The number of ticks infected with the Borrelia bacteria is on the rise. A bite from an infected tick can cause Lyme disease in humans.

20 April 2007

WAGENINGEN – The number of ticks infected with the Borrelia bacteria is on the rise. A bite from an infected tick can cause Lyme disease in humans.

If not properly treated Lyme disease can lead to arthritis and neurological problems.

The increase in the number of infected ticks emerged from a national study started by Wageningen University last year.

A preliminary report presented today indicates that 25 to 50 percent of the ticks found were carrying the infectious bacteria.

Infected ticks were not only found in forests but also in many gardens. The researchers received many reports of ticks from Schouwen-Duiveland, Amsterdam, Ede and Apeldoorn.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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