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First two alleged tick-borne encephalitis cases registered this season in Latvia

BC, Riga, 22.05.2017.Print version

The Latvian Infectology Center has received this season’s first two patients with alleged tick-borne encephalitis,Riga Eastern Hospital representative Aija Lietina said LETA.

This year 343 ticks have been removed from patients and inspected, and 17 of them were infected with encephalitis.

The Latvian Infectology Center this year also has treated 12 patients with the Lyme disease, and two other patients are still in treatment.

The first tick this year was brought for inspection on February 18, and the next one on March 8.

Tick season usually lasts from March to October, but could be longer during a warmer autumn.

Persons are asked to be careful when walking through forests and fields. Experts remind that in order to avoid tick bite, clothes must be adjusted so that ticks could not get under the clothes - trousers must be tucked into socks, shirt - in trousers, the cuffs and the collar must be tight. It is advisable to wear light clothes while outdoors so as to notice the tick and flick it off in time.

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