Last year it was reported that the giant fortress Hyalomma for the first time in Sweden – and now the new information about it has spread throughout the country.
The giant tick is fast, has well developed eyes and can be a little over two to three centimeters when filled with blood. Unlike the usual teak, Hyaloma is a hunter who is actively seeking a host to attack. It is preferable to bite horses and cattle – but it can also go on people.
a Adult Hyalom Fortress can feel you up to nine feet away and run after you for more than ten minutes, according to European Centers for Disease Prevention.
Apart from the fact that the giant ticks look really awful, they carry dangerous diseases just like ordinary fortresses. At least 100,000 people are infected each year by the tickler and six people died last year from the TBE virus.
In 2017, there is a sharp increase in TBE cases and nowadays infected ticks are not only in the main risk areas but are spreading to the south with full force.
Ticks are increasing
The fact that ticks have become significantly more in Sweden, agree with the experts. And that the climate contributes to the spread and progress of ticks.
"We now see that they are all along the coast of Norland and the river valleys. So climate change is beneficial for ticks, as we have shorter winters and a longer period of activity, says Anders Lindström, an infectious scientist at the National Veterinary Institute, to Expressen.
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