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Health Minister again campaigns for TBE vaccinations
A sharp increase in TBE cases has been observed in Bavaria since June. The State Minister for Health, Melanie Huml, therefore once again calls for vaccination against the dangerous infectious disease.
TBE cases have increased since June
Bavaria's Minister of Health Melanie Huml (CSU) is again campaigning for vaccinations in view of the increased number of tick-borne early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE). "There have been 95 TBE cases so far this year (as of July 22, 2019). That is 23 cases less than in the same period last year, ”said the politician, according to a message. But: "Since June we have been observing - as is typical for the TBE - a sharp increase in cases."
People in risk areas should get vaccinated
"Above all, those who spend a lot of time in nature - for example when hiking or in their own garden - should still get vaccinated," said Huml, who is a trained doctor.
"The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) recommends TBE vaccination for people who could come into contact with ticks in high-risk areas," says Huml.
"In Germany, there are risk areas mainly in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, southern Hesse and southeastern Thuringia, occasionally also in Central Hesse (Marburg-Biedenkopf district), Rhineland-Palatinate (Birkenfeld), Saxony (Vogtlandkreis) and Saarland (Saar-Pfalz- Kreis) ”, writes the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) on its portal“ infektionsschutz.de ”.
Severe illnesses possible
As the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care explains on its website, up to 30 percent of all infections with TBE viruses are associated with complaints.
The disease typically runs in two phases.
As a rule, flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache and joint pain, and occasionally stomach and intestinal complaints, appear about one to two weeks after the tick bite.
As the experts further explain, after a symptom-free interval of about a week, neurological symptoms can appear as signs of meningitis, brain or spinal cord inflammation.
“TBE is not a trifle. The result can be inflammation of the meninges, brain or spinal cord. The disease can be severe, especially in older people. But children are also at risk, ”said Huml.
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Ticks can also transmit Lyme disease
“In addition to TBE, ticks can also transmit the infectious disease Lyme disease. Painful nerve infections can also occur with her weeks to months after the stab, ”explained the minister.
So far, 2,209 cases of Lyme disease have been reported to the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) - in the same period last year there were 2,498 cases of Lyme disease. The transmitted diseases in Bavaria have also risen sharply here since June.
“No vaccination protects against the infectious disease Lyme disease, but it can usually be treated well with antibiotics. The sooner this happens, the better it is, ”said Huml.
"Even weeks after the tick bite, Lyme disease can still lead to painful inflammations, for example of nerves or joints, which is why an early diagnosis is important."
Lyme disease is easily recognizable by the so-called wandering redness, a ring-shaped reddening around the tick bite. According to previous evaluations of Bavarian registration numbers, around 97 percent of the reported cases are blushing.
It is important to remove ticks as quickly as possible and with a suitable tool and to monitor the skin area for the appearance of reddening (erythema migrans) and to see a doctor immediately. (ad)
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