Lymes in Europe
We found out that Lymes is found in America and the need to increase the awareness, learn and find solutions for this disease.
Understanding the nature of Lymes will allow us to fight to heal, and gives doctors and scientists the perspective to get the required budgets to investigate and find a cure.
England – Lymes in England and Wales: 2007 (as published by the health protection agency June 2008 – 797 cases identified during 2007.
The Health Protection Agency warned the British community to look after themselves carefully from tick bites due to a “sharp rise in the number of the blood-sucking parasites and increased cases of Lymes in Hampshire, Dorset, and Berkshire.” Southern counties of England include well-known regional of Lyme bacteria around the New Forest, Salisbury Plain, Exmore, and the South Downs, parts of Wiltshire and Berkshire and Thetford Forest. Other endemic areas include the Lake District, the Yorkshire moors and the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
The Health Protection Agency also notes that incidents of Lymes have increased by 90% since 2006 across the UK. New Forest, South Downs, Dorset, and Berkshire have now been named as tick hot spots.
Ireland – The University College Dublin, Belfield, Ireland confirmed that range of antibodies to Lymes in blood donors shows the spikes of 15%
Finland – The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry confirmed the prevalence of Lymes ticks in Urban Recreational Areas of Helsinki (1998)
Greece – The incidence of antibodies to Lymes in patients is about 1.1%
Austria – The incidence of antibodies to Lymes in patients is about 7.7%
Germany – The range of antibodies to Lymes in blood donors shows the ratio of 5.5%
Poland – The Department of Occupational Biohazards examines 1,813 ticks from six districts of wooded areas. they discovered that a significant portion of the ticks were infected, and were surprised to discover that many ticks were infected with multiple strains of Lymes bacteria. The range of antibodies to Lymes in blood donors shows the ratio of 1.5%
Estonia – The number of persons in a population who test positive for Lymes in European patients or at-risk populations and in blood donors or control subjects 2.7%.
Croatia – 3,317 cases were reported from 1987 to 2003 in Croatia. Northwestern Croatia showed the highest incidence. The range of antibodies to Lyme disease in blood donors – 43%,
Switzerland – The incidence of antibodies to Lymes in patients is about 26%
Italy – The sero prevalence of antibodies to Lymes in patients or in at-risk subjects seems to change in Northern Italy, from 3.2% – the lowest incidence in Lombardi to the highest in Friuli 22.3%; in Central Italy, from the lowest incidence in Emilia (Parma) 0.2% to the highest in Toscana 18.3%. The range of antibodies to Lyme disease in blood donors or control subjects shows the lowest spikes in Lazio 1.5%, while the highest are in Sicilia 10.9%.
Sweden – The Department of Molecular Biology at Umea University, released a study (2007) which stated: “The reported geographical distribution of Lymes is constantly increasing in Sweden.” The report quotes results, which show that birds play a key role in the spread of Lymes due to their long distance dispersion and their position as reservoir hosts for Borrelia.
Lymes is very common in southern Sweden, with a rather high occurrence of neurologic problems and arthritis. With the exception of the low incidence of carditis, the outline of disease found in Sweden was equivalent to that reported in the United States. The sero-prevalence of antibodies to Lymes in patients is 19%
Netherland – The incidence of antibodies to Lymes disease in patients is 28%
France, Czech republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Belarus, Belgium, Norway, Denmark and other countries have reported isolated, although increasing, incidences of the Lyme Disease.
Turkey – First isolation and categorization of Lyme disease bacteria – Borrelia burgdorferi in Turkey.
In order to inspect the occurrence of (Lyme disease) Borrelia species, 312 unfed ticks were collected by flagging at a woodland area in Trakya, in the European side of Turkey, in May 2002. Twelve of 299 ticks were infected with Borrelia spp. These results provide the first evidence for the existence of the Lymes borreliosis agent in Turkey.
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