The increase in ticks will increase cases of Lyme Disease

The increase in ticks will increase cases of Lyme Disease
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The SOS Lyme Foundation has warned that climate change is causing an increase in the tick population throughout the year, which “may multiply Lyme cases in Spain in the next decade.”

On the occasion of the celebration of World Lyme Disease Day on May 1, the Foundation has explained that the consequence of the significant increase in ticks throughout the year is a geometric progression of bites through which the disease is transmitted. of lyme, the symptoms of which sometimes do not appear until years later.

According to the National Epidemiology Center of the Carlos III Health Institute, the number of hospitalizations due to Lyme disease has multiplied by three in Spain between 2005 and 2019.

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This disease is an infectious and multi-organ pathology that is transmitted through the bite of a tick, mosquito, flea, bed bugs or other insects infected by the bacteria ‘Borrelia burgdorferi’ and its co-infections. If early containment measures are not applied, it can lead to chronic and severe Lyme, which can even cause death.

Bites occur both directly, especially when doing outdoor activities, whether in nature or in parks, and indirectly, through pets.

Given this proliferation and the risks associated with the bites of this arthropod, as well as the lack of information in this regard, the SOS Lyme Foundation has joined together with the Spanish Society of General and Family Physicians (SEMG) and the Aragonese Patients Forum (FAP) to launch a prevention and awareness campaign called ‘SOS Ticks’. The objective is to educate about preventive measures and increase awareness of the warning symptoms that indicate a possible bite.

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