Lyme disease – Russia

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Almost 1600 people were bitten by ticks in Sverdlovsk, Russia.

1,588 people, including 372 children, were bitten by ticks in this region. Two people were hospitalised in Sverdlovsk hospitals with a preliminary diagnosis of tick-borne viral encephalitis. Five people were hospitalised with ixodic tick-borne borreliosis.

Ticks are also active in Ekaterinburg – over 700 cases of tick bites were also reported in this city.

Photo: Adult deer tick, Ixodes scapularis

Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by the Borrelia bacterium which is spread by ticks.

The most common sign of infection is an expanding red rash, known as erythema migrans, that appears at the site of the tick bite about a week after it occurred.

If untreated, symptoms may include loss of the ability to move one or both sides of the face, joint pains, severe headaches with neck stiffness, or heart palpitations, among others. Months to years later, repeated episodes of joint pain and swelling may occur.

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