The risk of Lyme disease is 2 to 3 percent
Each year, the Dutch collectively receive one and a half million tick bites. Based on 80,000 reports made through the Internet, RIVM researcher Keys van den Wijngard explains why researchers can compare regional distributions to find out why some tick bites pose a greater risk for Lyme.
In 27,000 people a year, Lyme disease is caused by a tick bite, where they often develop a red ring or dot on the skin. Sometimes very severe complaints arise in the nervous system or joints. After treatment with antibiotics, the complaints usually disappear again, but every year between one thousand and one thousand five hundred people suffer from chronic complaints.
Research by Signradar.nl shows that approximately 20 percent of carnivores are infected with Lyme bacteria. But the chance of getting sick after a tick bite is on average 2 to 3 percent. That chance is even smaller if you remove the tick quickly.
The investigation will be expanded from today: People can now report weekly via Signradar.nl whether they have been bitten. “In this way, when the risk of tick bites is high, people can be more accurately shown,” says RIVM researcher van den Wijngard.